Francesco Scavullo was one of the most active American fashion photographers. He is well known for his work on the covers of magazines and for his celebrity portraits.
Scavullo was born in New York in 1921, young he spent hours studying fashion. Using his father's camera, he shooted his sisters as a models. His first job in photography was taking publicity photographs of pictures boarding cruise liners.
At nineteen, Scavullo produced his first cover photographs for a 1948 issue of Seventeen magazine. In the 1950’s he moved on to Vogue , where he worked under well-known fashion photographers as P. Horst. In 1965, he moved to Cosmopolitan, and he photographed the covers for this magazine for 30 years and he was very much in demand as a fashion photographer.
He has done covers for magazines such as Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, Woman and Max, to name but a few. Francesco has photographed covers for Cosmopolitan for nearly 30 years.
He has shot many movie posters, including A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand.
Francesco has also done many album covers. Edgar Winters', They Only Come Out At Night, was the first Rock & Roll cover with full drag make-up. Diana Ross' Diana album shows her with no make-up, wet hair, wet tee shirt, and torn jeans.
He has published six books - SCAVULLO ON BEAUTY, SCAVULLO MEN, SCAVULLO WOMEN, SCAVULLO, SCAVULLO: PHOTOGRAPHS, 50 YEARS, and his latest, SCAVULLO NUDES. In addition to his published work, Francesco's photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Paul Firos and his wife Anna-Belinda, collectors and art lovers welcomed us at their Herakleideon Museum in Athens to discover the Scavullo exhibition.
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