I have just sadly heard of the death today of Tony Curtis, legend of the silver screen and television. I had the great pleasure of spending a few minutes in his company almost exactly two years ago and found him to be an absolutely charming superstar and one of the easiest people I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. One of the problems of what I do is that I seldom get to meet people for any long period, but have to try and capture their ‘essence’ in a fraction of a second. The above image was taken at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in a small and very crowded dressing room prior to his appearance on stage to talk about his life. Despite the efforts of his agent, Tony was a true gentleman and could not have been more co-operative, and I will long treasure that fleeting meeting. As well as being a great movie star Tony was also a very fine artist and I feel sure he would have taken his palette to wherever he now is. He is a man who will definitely leave this place saddened by his loss.