Lot #538
James Dean

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Estimate: $2000+


Original semi-glossy 14 x 11 photo of James Dean from the 'Torn Sweater Series' taken by Roy Schatt for Look Magazine (though ultimately not published), signed on the reverse in ink by the photographer, "Copyright 1955, Roy Schatt." Reverse also bears a Roy Schatt credit stamp, and two copyright stamps for 1990 and 1991. In fine condition, with a crease to the upper left corner, and light edge rippling.

Born in New York City, Schatt (1909-2002) is remembered for his 'method photography' of personalities associated with The Actors Studio during the Lee Strasberg era, using natural light to capture likenesses of icons such as James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Steve McQueen in candid, unstaged settings. Schatt and Dean became especially close friends, with Schatt teaching the actor the basics of photography so that he knew what it was like to be behind the camera. Schatt's work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in NYC, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Hollywood
  • Dates: #606 - Ended April 14, 2021