This is the third and (for now) last selection of photographs I took in the 1980s and early 1990s of assorted film-makers, writers and actors. The first selection is here and the second is here. The photographs in this gallery were mostly published in Time Out – which somehow contrived to lose all the prints I provided of Renée Soutendijk, so they ended up running a stock publicity still of her instead. Such was my career in photography at the time.
I don’t think the picture of Lewis Teague has ever been published; I was interviewing John Sayles in a coffee shop on the Upper West Side when Teague went past the window, saw us and came in to say hello (to Sayles, not to me, obviously). The Sayles interview was to tie in with the U.K. release of Baby It’s You (1983), a somewhat underrated romance with the sort of emotional realism that you don’t often find in the genre – perhaps one of the reasons it has pretty much been forgotten now, which is a shame.
On the same trip, I also did a breakfast interview with the very lovely Rosanna Arquette, who invited me down to the Village where she was shooting Desperately Seeking Susan. She let me take photos of her in her trailer, and introduced me to her younger sister, Patricia, and Madonna. (See my previous posts for my snaps of Arquette and Madonna together.) All the crew members I spoke to on location were really relaxed and chatty; working on that film seemed like a lot of fun.
I squeezed off the snap of Robert Altman during an interview for The Times to tie in with the release of Beyond Therapy (1987), one of the small films he made before his Hollywood “comeback” with The Player in 1992. (In fact, as Altman enthusiasts will know, he never ever really went away; it’s just that nobody took much notice of what he was doing.) The pictures of Masami Tsuchiya and Rutger Hauer have only ever been published privately, by me, and the picture of Ridley Scott was another snap-on-the-hoof, in blistering sunlight, at the end of an interview I did with him for the Sunday Correspondent.
In 1991, I went to Los Angeles to interview Russ Meyer for the Sunday Times. After we’d finished the interview, he invited me to spend another day in his company, and proceeded to tell me his life story. I am currently trying to edit those many hours of cassette tapes down into something I can publish as an e-book. If and when I succeed, you can be sure I’ll be letting everyone know about it.
ETA: I finished my Russ Meyer e-book in 2016. It’s called Breast Man: A Conversation with Russ Meyer. He relates his own life story. I’ve added some critical analysis, plus a lot of screengrabs and some exclusive photographs I took of Meyer. The book can be downloaded in Kindle format from the amazons, or in Kindle, ePub or PDF formats from smashwords.