Wickham C. Taylor -- Friend, Photographer, Bon Vivant
Wickham C. Taylor, known to his family and friends as "Wick," died peacefully on April 4, 2020 in New York City after a valiant struggle with Lewy Body's Disease for close to a decade. Wick was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 22, 1946. The son of Dr. W. Wickham and Joan Whitehead Taylor, he attended Norfolk Academy and then happily went north to complete his education -- at Phillip's Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and then Columbia University in New York City from which he graduated with a B.A.
Wick spent most of his adult life in New York and Maine where he shared a summer home in Port Clyde with his partner of 38 years, Tom Lloyd. There he created a beautiful garden which was the envy of all. While he followed a career in Information Technology, many of us remember him as a gifted photographer who first began to work as an assistant to Francesco Scavullo, the American fashion photographer best known for his work on Cosmopolitan covers and his celebrity portraits. (Wick worked on the Janis Joplin shoot.) Wick was also a seasoned international traveler and had a great love of classical music, though he was always current with pop music trends and new musical genres. With a keen intellect, impressive depth of general knowledge, and knack for repartee, he was a natural conversationalist. Wick loved his family and friends, and he joyfully lived life to its fullest.
A story will follow of my recollections of Wick, in particular our six-week, cross-country trip during the summer of the Bicentennial. Here's a photo tease ...
Bennett Smith, Bill Mahoney, Katie Guthorn, Ellen Schnepel, and Wick Taylor