Paul C Buff Obituary

If you’re a lighting nerd, then Paul C. Buff needs no real introduction. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, he’s the eccentric, brilliant person responsible for some of the most innovative studio lighting products around. He created the original White Lightning strobes, and later went on to create the Alien Bee, the Einstein, and the Vagabond battery pack to power them all.

Here’s the official announcement from his site:

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.

If you want to send your condolences, you can currently do so to this email address: You can also leave a note online on his memorial.

It’s a sad day to lose such a creative and smart person. I’m going to break out my old Alien Bee strobe this weekend and go shooting.

Rest in peace, Paul.