When I asked Dmitri Kasterine to what extent capturing his sitters off guard was a deliberate strategy, he explained that his main aim was to ‘avoid the conventional’ and prevent the subject from ‘putting on the polite face.’ This is as difficult as it sounds. Apart from the fact that, as he puts it, ‘one is inclined to be fascinated’ when photographing the great and the good, there may be an army of minders and assistants to negotiate, or simply a shortage of time. Luck or serendipity may be crucial.
On this page: David Niven, Julian Schnabel, David Hockney, Samuel Beckett, Girl at a Party, Allen Ginsberg, Three English Boys, Martin and Kingsley Amis, Caroline and Nicholas, The Twist, Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Drabble, Kurt Vonnegut, Beryl Bainbridge, Muriel Spark, E.L. Doctorow, William Styron, V.S. Pritchett, Roy Lichtenstein, Patricia Highsmith, Saul Bellow, Arthur Miller, Marc Jacobs, Anthony Powell, Susan Minot, Robert Penn Warren, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Norman Mailer, Raymond Carver, John Fowles, Count Basie, Willem de Kooning, Norman Mailer, Sam Kinison
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