David Niven, London
Julian Schnabel, NYC
Allen Ginsberg, NYC
Martin and Kingsley Amis, London
David Hockney, Paris
Samuel Beckett, London
Three English Boys, England
Caroline and Nicholas, Garrison, New York
Woman at a party, London
The Twist, London
Dirk Bogarde, London
Margaret Drabble, London
Kurt Vonnegut, London
Beryl Bainbridge, London
Muriel Spark, Italy
E.L. Doctorow
William Styron, Connecticut
V.S. Pritchett, London
Roy Lichtenstein, NYC
Patricia Highsmith, France
Saul Bellow, Vermont
Arthur Miller, NYC
Marc Jacobs, NYC
Anthony Powell, London
Susan Minot, NYC
Robert Penn Warren, Connecticut
Alain Robbe-Grillet, France
William Empson, London
Raymond Carver, NYC
John Fowles, England
Count Basie, London
Willem de Kooning, South Hampton
Norman Mailer, NYC
Sam Kinison, Hollywood, 1985

APPROACH

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.


Citation: Joe Staines, Black and White Magazine