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Creator of cheeky tennis poster dies

Creator of cheeky tennis poster dies

The British photographer whose shot of his then girlfriend in a hitched-up tennis dress became one of the world's most popular posters has died, his family said Friday.
Martin Elliott was a photography student when he persuaded 18-year-old Fiona Butler to pose in 1976 for "Tennis Girl," which went on to sell more than two million copies and adorned the walls of teenagers' bedrooms around the world.
Elliott, 63, died last week at his home in Cornwall, southwest England, following a 10-year battle with cancer. His widow Noelle, who met her husband in 1987, told the Cornish Guardian newspaper that the image brought him worldwide acclaim and was still earning money.
She said: "Martin sold the image to Athena - who turned it into a poster - but he retained the copyright. I am still getting royalties to this day.


Updated : 2021-06-25 20:17 GMT+08:00