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
[Roxanne] With a camera, I go everywhere.
It's very interesting to go from high to low,
from the front stage to the backstage.
that's one thing that
I've been very, very lucky about.
The pigeons are flying by.
Do you have my camera?
I went to Paris about four times a year
for 30 years.
The first time I came to Paris, I think, was 1977.
And that was
[Man] At that time, there was no digital pictures.
It was a moment where there was no internet.
It was a moment where there was no Facebook, no Instagram.
There wasn't as many people documenting
every single thing, every little moment of their lives.
And there was less of that self-promotion and that branding.
They're doing selfies here.
Everybody enjoys it.
Because they can see themselves as they like themselves.
(moves into rhythmic house music)
[Woman] We were a little bit bohemian and avant-garde.
And we knew Andy Warhol.
And Roxanne was there to catch it all.
I used to see her as this black cat in the corner
of the backstage, staring to everything with wide eyes
and jumping on the best scene at the right moment.
My favorite color: black.
I can't even remember when I stopped wearing color.
But black is the combination of all colors,
and it goes from day to night.
And it's also discreet, so I can be backstage.
[Older man] (Speaks in foreign language)
[Man] Roxanne is somebody that is almost invisible
when she's working.
Never was ever imposing in any way.
[Roxanne] When I first starting being a photographer,
they didn't have fashion photographers.
And they were in camouflage, big safari jackets.
And then I was dressed kind of like this.
And they said to me when I went backstage or frontstage,
You can't be a photographer. You don't look like one.
And I didn't.
I looked like me.
(funky electronic music)