"James Dean" by Roy Schatt

Size of the photograph: "5x5"

Year: 1955 - From the Torn Sweater Series

Location: New York, New York

Paper type:RC Print


Bio Roy Schatt studied painting with N.C. Wyeth before becoing a photographer. He lived in Greenwich Village in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Schatt's subjects include Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Billie Holiday, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Tennessee Williams and many others. Although he is famous for photographing actors and other celebrities, Roy Schatt's work is the antithesis of glamour photography. He always sought out the "unguarded moment."
The James Dean pictures are undoubtedly the crowning achievement of Schatt's career  Dean studied photography with Schatt  and they became close friends.
During the course of their year  long friendship, Schatt and Dean formed a perfect photographer/subject relationship that resulted in many of the most popular images of Dean.  In January 1955, Edward Steichen chose a Roy Schatt photograph as part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection. His work has been exhibited at the Staley-Wise Gallery in Soho, Manhattan's International Center for PHotography, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the Chicago Art Institute. Roy's second book "Faces of the 50's" is in it's final stages. 

From The Rot Schatt Sweater Series

From The Rot Schatt Sweater Series