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Paul Conrad Buff, founder of the lighting company that bears his name, passed away this week of unspecified causes. He was 78.

While he best known in the photo industry for his low-cost lighting solutions, Buff also made his mark in the music industry. According to the Paul C. Buff website, Buff was the owner of Pal Music Studios in California, birthplace of the surf music revolution, which he later sold to Frank Zappa. He also pioneered the computerized recording console.

Buff turned his attention to photography lighting, founding Paul C. Buff, Inc. in 1980. He sought to reduce the price of studio gear by selling direct to consumers.

You can read an obituary of Buff penned by his wife, Deborah, here.


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