Bud Lee was a one-day salesman at Tiffany’s, a server who gave away too much ice cream at Daddy Michael’s Ice Cream Parlor in Scarsdale, and a Mid-town New York Hilton Hotel ballroom set-up man, eventually fired for giving away food.
Bud worked as a professional photographer on assignment for many publications during forty years. He had a remarkable eye and passion for the diverse and sometimes bizarre elements in everyone. Before joining the Army, Bud was a one-day salesman at Tiffany’s, a server who gave away too much ice cream at Daddy Michael’s Ice Cream Parlor, and a Hilton ballroom set-up man, fired for giving away food. He attended Columbia School of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York, and the Art Students League. However, it was the Army that sent him to film school and gave him a life-long career as a photographer. Bud photographed for Esquire Magazine during the important Managing Editor Harold Hayes era, and worked with some of the most relevant writers, editors and art directors of the 1960’s. ”Hayes gave me the best jobs,” Bud said, ”international film directors like Francois Truffaut, Michelangelo Antonioni and American directors such as Sam Peckinpah, and Arthur Penn and big jocks like Charles Atlas and Bob Richards, Mr. America.”