David McCabe – The Suffolk Times


Photographer David McCabe, a former resident of New York, New Suffolk and Shelter Island, passed away on February 26, 2021. David was 80 years old.

Born in Leicester, England, he and his wife Christine arrived in New York City in 1960, after winning a competition in a national photography magazine, to study advanced color photography here and return to England to open a studio in London.

They decided to stay. It was the era of the “British Invasion”, the era of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Twiggy, which he all photographed here. He and Christine have been wherever Andy Warhol has gone, taking over 2,000 photographs that have become an iconic book. At the same time, he became a renowned fashion photographer, his work appearing in national magazines such as Life, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle and Glamor.

In the early 1970s, he and Christine bought the Shelter Island House Hotel and opened the Earl of Stirling pub. Open year round, it has been ranked in Esquire magazine as “one of the most romantic places in America”. There were summer garden parties and winter costume parties; people loved it.

His photographs have been exhibited around the world: at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the National Portrait Gallery and the London Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

He was also an avid sailor.

He is survived by his first wife, Christine; their son, Mathew, his wife, Kim, and their children, Jake and Lucas; her brother, Robert, of Sag Harbor; his dog Buddy; his second wife and their daughter, Lilly.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

This is paid notice.

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