Jay Thompson, L.A. Theatrical Photographer, Dead at 68

News   Jay Thompson, L.A. Theatrical Photographer, Dead at 68 Jay Thompson, a photographer who took indelible production shots of resident Los Angeles productions, died March 14, Variety reported.

Jay Thompson, a photographer who took indelible production shots of resident Los Angeles productions, died March 14, Variety reported. The cause of death, in Glendale, CA, was respiratory failure. Mr. Thompson was 68.

He photographed stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Hair, Tommy and Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s and later took production photos for premieres of Angels in America, The Kentucky Cycle and Children of a Lesser God at the Mark Taper Forum.

Mr. Thompson reportedly shot more than 250 Taper productions, and many touring shows at the Ahmanson.

The East Orange, NJ, native was previously a Universal Studios publicist.

-- By Kenneth Jones