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Lot #684
James Dean Original Photograph by Roy Schatt

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Estimate: $2500+
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Original semi-glossy 13 x 17 silver gelatin photograph of James Dean walking down West 68th Street in 1954, signed in the lower border in ink by the photographer, "Roy Schatt." Reverse also bears Roy Schatt credit stamps. In fine condition, with a few small creases, and light rippling to the top and bottom edges.

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
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021