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Roy Schatt

James Dean, 1954

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Lot 19
Chromogenic print
9.8 x 7.8 in (24.8 x 19.7 cm)
Stamped on verso; accompanied by certificate signed by Elaine Schatt, the artist's wife


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Roy Schatt recalls the first time seeing James Dean; he was slouched and slumped over, but upon standing up Dean transitioned into an entirely new person. Schatt was immediately taken with him. The two formed an ideal photographer/subject relationship which eventually turned into a friendship. The present photo features James Dean walking down a New York City street.

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About Roy Schatt

New York-born photographer Roy Schatt (American, 1909–2002) began as a painter, studying under N.C. Wyeth. In the 1940s, Schatt began his career as a celebrity and film photographer known for catching the “unguarded moments” of celebrity subjects such as Paul Newman, Billie Holiday, Steve McQueen, and Marilyn Monroe. Schatt had a close friendship with the actor James Dean, and produced some of the best known and most highly regarded portraits of the actor including the “Torn Sweater” series. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Manhattan's International Center for Photography, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and the Art Institute of Chicago.