Studio lighting industry legend Paul C Buff has passed away on March 14th 2015, at the age of 78 years.
From the Paul C Buff Company Website:
“With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78. He has been living with his beloved wife of 16 years, Deborah, and their extended family in their secondary home in Mobile, Alabama for over a year and passed away in this home with his family around him. Those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Paul have lost an invaluable mentor, an inspiring leader, and a treasured friend. The world has lost one of its most creative and adventurous pioneers.
In the coming weeks, we will celebrate Paul’s unique and extraordinary life, giving customers, employees, and friends the opportunity to share their tributes and memories. But first, we must take time to pause and grieve the loss of a man who had such a great impact on us all. If you wish to offer condolences in the mean time, we invite you to email them to CelebratingPaul@paulcbuff.com.”
Paul founded the Paul C Buff Lighting Company in 1980. With innovative products, great value for money, and above all exceptional customer service, the company has held a majority or market share in North America for a good part of 30 years.
An engineer, inventor, artist, philosopher and musician, Paul brought the compact monolight concept to the USA in the 1980’s when all that were previously available were large heavy pack and head systems. In the 1990’s the lights went portable for location use with the addition of the Vagabond, and recent Vabond Mini Lithium (VML), battery packs.
Although introduced a few years ago now, the fast flash duration and color accurate Einstein E640 mono lights and VML battery packs are still a combination hard to match, in terms of specs, or value for money for customers based in North America where the company deals direct to the public.
The future direction of the company has not been detailed except to say:
“For years, it has been our mission to advance Paul C. Buff, Inc. in the spirit of innovation and originality upon which it was founded. With gratitude for everything that Paul has taught us, we honor his memory by continuing to serve our customers with the outstanding products, support, and Golden Rule standards that he initiated”
Paul’s obituary, written by his wife Deborah, can be viewed here.
Paul C Buff – Website.