CULTURE

A director’s photographs

Anyone who had the opportunity to see Jerry Schatzberg’s photography exhibition last November at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki will have seen that in addition to being a fine director, he is also an exceptional photographer. The exhibition was held during the 42nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and will be in Athens from Thursday to February 1 at the Hellenic American Union’s gallery. Schatzberg’s exhibition, «From Photography to the Cinema,» includes fashion photos that appeared in leading fashion magazines in America and Europe in the 1950s and 1960s, portraits of famous artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford and Catherine Deneuve, as well as photographs of female nudes, landscapes and everyday urban street scenes. Schatzberg is known chiefly for his work in cinema, even though he started out as a photographer, initially as an assistant to Bill Helburn. He started his own photography studio, doing projects for major magazines, including the famous «Cha, Cha, Cha» series commissioned by Alex Liberman for Vogue. He worked regularly for Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Life and Glamour. Once Schatzberg had established himself as a photographer, he expanded into cinema, where he had a notable career directing works such as «Scarecrow» and «Panic in Needle Park,» both starring Al Pacino, and «The Secret Life of a Mannequin» with Faye Dunaway. His work shows evidence of successful interplay between the photographer and the director. The Jerry Schatzberg exhibition opens Thursday at the Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias, Kolonaki, tel 368.0000. At the Concert Hall, Protopsalti will also be singing in foreign languages – English, French and Spanish – for the first time with a selection of arias by, among others, Andrew Lloyd Webber.