VI­SION OF LOVE

Rox­anne Lowit has been snap­ping celebs and supes since the ’70s. Here, the fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher opens up on the lav­ish lives she’s cap­tured on film. By ELIO IANNACCI

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“IMAN PARIS,” 1990

FOR AL­MOST FOUR DECADES, ROX­ANNE LOWIT HAS CHRON­I­CLED

the se­cret lives of su­per­mod­els and celebri­ties with her cam­era. In that time, she has pub­lished four books, been rep­re­sented by a num­ber of top art spa­ces (in­clud­ing Toronto’s own Izzy Gallery), trav­elled the world and been in­vited to some of the most out­landish and au­da­cious fash­ion bashes in history. The years have been supremely kind to Lowit, who, at 73, when she’s not jet­ting to fash­ion cap­i­tals for work, spends time scour­ing the un­der­ground club scene in her na­tive New York. TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST TIME YOU KNEW PHO­TOG­RA­PHY WAS THE CA­REER FOR YOU. “I’d go to fash­ion shows be­cause I was a textile de­signer be­fore I was a pho­tog­ra­pher. I had no rea­son to be out front with the mag­a­zine and news­pa­per ed­i­tors and the pho­tog­ra­phers, so I took pic­tures for in­spi­ra­tion from the back or back­stage. Some­one from the Soho News looked at my [pho­to­graphs] and asked me if I was go­ing to Paris. They told me I could shoot the shows for them, but I had to buy a real cam­era be­cause I had a 110 mil­lime­tre one. So I went out and bought a 35 mil­lime­tre and went to Paris. I read how to load film for the cam­era on the plane—I didn’t have a clue! I ended up at the Yves Saint Lau­rent show and, af­ter the show, I went to a party at the Eif­fel Tower and saw Andy Warhol. I thought, ‘It can’t get any bet­ter than this!’” WHAT’S THE DIF­FER­ENCE BE­TWEEN A PHO­TOG­RA­PHER WHO IS A VI­SION­ARY AND SOME­ONE WHO IS RE­GARDED AS A PETTY THIEF? “They say a good pho­tog­ra­pher is some­one who al­ways steals an im­age in a clever way. You can see a petty thief from a mile away. We don’t want to know those guys!” DO YOU EVER GET A SEC­OND OPIN­ION BE­FORE SEND­ING YOUR WORK OUT? “My daugh­ter is my sec­ond pair of eyes. She’s a very strong critic and very hon­est. When she says, ‘This is re­ally great,’ I know she’s telling the truth.” AN­DRÉ LEON TAL­LEY SAID THAT THIS NEW GEN­ER­A­TION IS LIV­ING THROUGH “A FAMINE OF BEAUTY.” TRUE OR FALSE? “He’s right. Beauty ex­ists only on cer­tain lev­els now. Look at all the old movies with the men in their fab­u­lous hats and the women who looked gor­geous on pur­pose. They had match­ing gloves and »

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