When Peter Warrack shot a roll of film of Janis Joplin from the front row at Harvard Stadium in August 1970, he had no way of knowing it would turn out to be the psychedelic blues belter's last show. Even after her death of an overdose two months later, Warrack never bothered to revisit his negatives.
A self-styled celebrity photographer who lived in Boston, Warrack took thousands of candid snapshots of artists and actors over several decades. He took intimate pictures of Alfred Hitchcock, Diana Ross and hundreds of others. Even the notoriously reclusive Katharine Hepburn let him take a few shots.
"She was an interesting character," recalls Kevin McElroy, Warrack's partner. "As was he. He did an incredible job of getting through to her. He could charm the pants off anybody."
Peter Warrack died in 2008 at age 72. Now his photos are surfacing for the first time, in a collaboration with a new art venture called House of Roulx. See a selection from the photographer's previously unseen collection here.