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  • Linda Wolf spoke to me from her car, parked in a Trader Joe's parking lot. Again I was taking notes, waiting for the scans of her Polaroids to appear in my email inbox. Linda had initially told me that Polaroids played an important part of her learning how to be a studio celebrity photographer in Los Angeles. When the photos arrived, they were unexpectedly and delightfully in their "native habitat" - taped into lined spiral notebook pages filled with notes on lighting, lenses and lists of things to bring and rent for a shoot:

    Polaroid back
    Music box!
    bk bra

    "Lindsay Wagner and I became friends through our children's preschool in the Pacific Palisades. We were the only ones into health foods at that preschool and it bonded us from the first day."

    Linda paused. "Although I hated TV so I never saw her in the Bionic Woman."

    Through their close friendship, Lindsay had asked Linda to become her studio photographer. "I had been a street photographer, but she really taught me how to do celebrity photography, " Linda says. "And I was game because I was flat broke then."

    "In order to learn I had to do test shots and I needed assistants. I got George with the curly black hair - he was an absolute genius about lighting. My mom used to be a fashion model and knew how to pose so she was often a test model. But I had to make sure her shots were total glamor shots," and Linda laughs, sinking back into memory. "She was super-critical of her photos. She is even now at age 87."

    Linda was able to get other actresses to pose for test shots, using a Polaroid back on her Hasselblad. "Daphne Zuniga and Kathleen York would model for me, you know them?" she asked. "It was fun to do trial and error and then give the model the best of Polaroids afterwards. But real shoots were stressful. CBS was paying me a lot of money and there were all these assistants and ad guys and agents around. Lindsay would shoo them all out the door when it came to working together so we could be alone and that alleviated a lot of the stress on me. She looked at the Polaroids very critically, too. They would have to be perfect before we took the real shots. Looking at these, mainly I remember that working with Lindsay as my best friend was just pure fun. And we are still really close to this day. We are family."

    All photos copyright Linda Wolf and used by kind permission from Linda Wolf.
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