FRANCESCO SCAVULLO (1929-2004)-CELEBRITY PORTRAITS
September 14th-December 2nd, 2007


The private Museum Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts in cooperation with the Francesco Scavullo Foundation and the Motion Picture Group ww.scavulloeditions.com, presented, for the first time in Greece, one of America's greatest photographers and portraitists, Francesco Scavullo (1929-2004, New York). The exhibition included 90 of his most famous photographs and took place during the 14th International Month of Photography.

As famous as the people he photographed, for over 50 years Francesco Scavullo immortalized celebrities in every field of endeavor. Among the eclectic mix were emerging and established stars in fashion, beauty, music, film, theatre and sports. Scavullo's innovative lighting technique and impeccable artistry created iconic images that are now part of the American cultural landscape. His photographs graced the covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Newsweek, Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper's and Queen, L'Officiel and Max.

The celebrities that have been photographed by Scavullo include but are not limited to Mick Jagger, Sting, Janis Joplin, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Cher, Luciano Pavarotti, Ravi Shankar, Lena Horne, Deborah Harry, David Bowie, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Susan Sarandon, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Taylor, Glenn Close, Bette Midler, Bette Davis, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Newman / Joan Woodward, Brad Pitt, Isabella Rosselini, Muhammad Alli and Salvador Dali.

Scavullo's photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, Guggenheim and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth Texas. The retrospective has been included in the permanent collections of leading international museums, most notably The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institute.


Franscesco Scavullo (1929-2004) remembered...

Susan Sarandon
"I worked with Francesco early on in my career and his confidence and enthusiasm made me feel beautiful. His lighting was so wonderful that the pictures always were so much more flattering than I'd ever experienced. He
was an artist but somehow not intimidating. I always had fun at the sittings".


Barbra Streisand
"Thank you for honoring my friend, Francesco Scavullo. He was a great photographer with a unique eye. But, most of all, he had a loving heart that sought and always found the beauty in his subjects. I miss him".

Claudia Schiffer
"I will always remember Francesco very fondly. He was a kind hearted, a wonderfully creative man and above all a fantastic photographer. He was one of the first photographers to take my portrait in the US and he took me under his wing - for that I will always be grateful."

Sean Byrnes

"Electrifying Death- Defying Amazing and Mesmerizing".


Our thanks to Sean Byrnes, the Francesco Scavullo Foundation and the Motion Picture Group for their generosity and assistance with this exhibition.


Francesco Scavullo (1929-2004) 
Acknowledged as one of America's greatest photographers and portraitists, Scavullo has captured on film some of the most famous personalities of the 20th century. An inspiration for generations of photographers, his work portrayed the sculptural qualities of beauty and character. As famous as the people he photographed, for over 50 years Scavullo immortalized celebrities in every field of endeavor. Among the eclectic mix were emerging and established stars in fashion, beauty, music, film, theatre and sports. Scavullo's innovative lighting technique and impeccable artistry created iconic images that are now part of the American cultural landscape. Scavullo was a life-long New Yorker, born in Staten Island on January 16, 1929. When he was six, his family moved to Manhattan, where his father had bought a chic supper club. It was the elder Scavullo's dream that his son would one day follow him into the business. Fascinated by images of beauty, the youngster's interests included window-shopping on Fifth Avenue and looking through his mother's fashion magazines. The aspiring young photographer began by taking snapshots with his father's camera, drafting his sisters as models. Upon graduating from high school, Scavullo found work at a studio that produced fashion catalogs. He soon moved to Vogue magazine, where he worked with prominent fashion photographers Cecil Beaton, John Rawlings, and Horst P. Horst. Scavullo was Horst's assistant, studying his methods, and learning how to employ camera angles and lighting techniques such as using muslin filters or bouncing light off a white umbrella to make the most flattering pictures possible. Scavullo shot his first cover for Seventeen, launching his career as a fashion photographer, and throughout the 50's and 60's he was in constant demand. In 1965 Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown hired him to develop a sexier look for the magazine's cover. Scavullo created the Cosmo Girl, celebrating women's sexuality. He shot every cover for the next 30 years. Beginning in 1972, he was assisted by stylist and editor Sean M. Byrnes who became his life partner. Scavullo created memorable shots for album covers, movie posters, and Broadway shows. His photographs graced the covers of Vogue, Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Newsweek, Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper's and Queen, L'Officiel and Max. Scavullo's unforgettable images include: Andy Warhol and Gail Cook holding a whiplash; Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in "A Star is Born", Janis Joplin stubbing her forefinger, Diana Ross in a wet t-shirt for her album "Diana", Cher in her assortment of wigs, a child Brooke Shields, and Julie Andrews in "Victor Victoria". Francesco was renowned for his enamel on canvas photo silk-screens, portraits and still lifes. Some commissioned portraits include Grace Kelly, Cher, Madonna, Kim Basinger, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was also commissioned to photograph Rose Kennedy's 93rd birthday in Hyannis Port and Nancy Reagan at the White House in 1984. In 2003, Scavullo embarked on a special publishing project. He wanted his most celebrated images to be produced in a series of portfolios. The first portfolio titled "Song", features Mick Jagger, Sting, Janis Joplin, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Cher, Luciano Pavarotti, Ravi Shankar, Lena Horne and Deborah Harry. The second portfolio titled "Hollywood Women", features iconic actresses Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Susan Sarandon, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Taylor, Glenn Close and Bette Midler. These editions are "Archive Prints" (silver gelatin) made from the original negative and authenticated by Sean Byrnes. Scavullo's photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, Guggenheim and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth Texas. Accordingly, the retrospective has been included in the permanent collections of leading international museums, most notably The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Scavullo worked until the very end of his life, and both his passion for photography and artistry remained strong. Scavullo died in New York on January 6, 2004. His partner in life and art, Sean Byrnes, survives him.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Scavullo on Beauty, 1976
Scavullo, 1984
Scavullo, Men, 1977
Scavullo, Photographs, 50 Years, 1997
Scavullo, Women, 1982
Scavullo, Nudes, 2000


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