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Preview “Magic Moments,” a New Documentary about Roxanne Lowit

Roxanne Lowit is most known for her presence behind the lens, but for “Magic Moments,” a new documentary that premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, filmmaker Yvonne Scio turned the famed fashion photographer into the subject.

Released on 9/14/2015

Credits

Starring: Roxanne Lowit

Transcript

00:01
[Roxanne] With a camera, I go everywhere.
00:05
It's very interesting to go from high to low,
00:10
from the front stage to the backstage.
00:13
(siren wails)
00:15
that's one thing that
00:16
I've been very, very lucky about.
00:19
(jazz music)
00:25
The pigeons are flying by.
00:27
Do you have my camera?
00:30
I went to Paris about four times a year
00:34
for 30 years.
00:36
The first time I came to Paris, I think, was 1977.
00:42
And that was
00:43
to photograph.
00:46
Interesting.
00:48
[Man] At that time, there was no digital pictures.
00:51
It was a moment where there was no internet.
00:52
It was a moment where there was no Facebook, no Instagram.
00:56
There wasn't as many people documenting
00:59
every single thing, every little moment of their lives.
01:01
And there was less of that self-promotion and that branding.
01:05
(mumbles)
01:07
They're doing selfies here.
01:10
Everybody enjoys it.
01:12
Because they can see themselves as they like themselves.
01:15
(moves into rhythmic house music)
01:20
[Woman] We were a little bit bohemian and avant-garde.
01:24
And we knew Andy Warhol.
01:26
And Roxanne was there to catch it all.
01:29
I used to see her as this black cat in the corner
01:33
of the backstage, staring to everything with wide eyes
01:37
and jumping on the best scene at the right moment.
01:41
My favorite color: black.
01:45
I can't even remember when I stopped wearing color.
01:49
But black is the combination of all colors,
01:51
and it goes from day to night.
01:53
And it's also discreet, so I can be backstage.
01:57
It's very...
01:58
Subtle.
01:59
And powerful.
02:00
It's empowering.
02:02
[Older man] (Speaks in foreign language)
02:12
[Man] Roxanne is somebody that is almost invisible
02:16
when she's working.
02:17
Never was ever imposing in any way.
02:21
[Roxanne] When I first starting being a photographer,
02:24
they didn't have fashion photographers.
02:27
They had
02:28
photographers.
02:30
And they were in camouflage, big safari jackets.
02:33
And then I was dressed kind of like this.
02:37
And they said to me when I went backstage or frontstage,
02:40
You can't be a photographer. You don't look like one.
02:44
And I didn't.
02:46
I looked like me.
02:48
(funky electronic music)