Roxanne Lowit

Vision.
Access.
Artistry.

For over three decades, the unique lens of Roxanne Lowit has captured the faces, personalities, and spaces of modern culture. To review her incomparable work is to step behind the proverbial velvet rope. To see her images is to witness the creation and the celebration of fashion and art and theater and film, pleasure and joy and aesthetic delight.

A shooting star, Lowit has photographed thousands of luminaries, including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Kate Moss, Yves Saint-Laurent, Johnny Depp, Madonna, and George Clooney. To witness her work is not only to see these famous faces close-up but also to peer at their beauty, their vulnerability and their humanity, all captured by a passionate storyteller whose greatest tool is her humble, empathetic presence. More than a photographer, she is a true artist, a modern-day successor to Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Just as they colorfully chronicled the whirl of Parisian life in the 19th century on canvas, she has captured the creative classes of the last three decades in her photographs, offering unprecedented visual entrée to the beau monde of New York, Paris, and Milan.


A pioneer, Lowit has always done things differently. A native New Yorker, she was originally a textile designer. But she found her true calling crafting imagery of a different kind, and then created an entirely new genre of photography by taking her Instamatic where nobody else wanted to go: backstage at fashion shows. While everyone else was fixated on the runway, she captured the real action was where the rest of the photographers weren’t looking. Her epiphany typifies her keen eye for new possibilities—and it transformed fashion photography forever. But she has gone even further, elevating her medium into fine art.

Lowit’s work has been exhibited in many of the world’s major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Warhol Museum; and the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow. Her photographs are part of the permanent collection of Japan’s prestigious Kobe Fashion Museum. She has also been featured in one-woman shows in New York, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London, as well as at group exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery, Colette, and Art Basel Miami.

Three books have collected Lowit’s indelible images. Moments (1990) and People (2001) are visual time capsules of international nightlife. Backstage Dior (2009), featuring a foreword by John Galliano, lasers in on the inimitable creativity and incomparable energy of that storied house.

Lowit’s photography has been a longtime mainstay in the American, Italian, French, and German editions of Vogue, as well as in Vanity Fair, Tatler, GQ, W, and numerous other publications. Her groundbreaking advertising work has included memorable campaigns for major brands from a host of industries, including Acura, Armani, Coca-Cola, DeBeers, Dior, Land Rover, Moët & Chandon, and Vivienne Westwood.

BOOKS
2009 – Backstage Dior (teNeues)
2001 – People (Assouline)
1990 – Moments (Assouline)


EXHIBITIONS
2012 – Parlor New York
2011 – Stockland Martel
2011 – Kaune Sudendorf Gallery
2011 – HHC Hospital
2011 – SHOW ROOM/ PLE
2011 – Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
2010 – MILK Gallery
2010 – Gemeente Museum
2010 – Stockland Martel
2010 – Brucie Collections
2010 – ArtPhotoExpo Gallery
2009 – Photographers Limited Edition
2009 – Clic Gallery, St. Barts
2009 – Claridge’s Hotel
2008 – Gramercy Park Hotel
2006 – Victoria & Albert Museum
2005 – Mulry Fine Art Gallery
2004 – Cokkie Snoei Gallery
2003 – Torch Gallery
2002 – Colette
2001 – Emporio Armani, Paris
2001 – Art + Interior
1996 – Hans Mayer Gallery
1993 – Serge Sorokko Gallery
1993 – Staley Wise
1990 – Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo
Andy Warhol Museum
Kobe Fashion Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art

AWARDS
2009 – IPA, 1st Place, Best Fine Art Book
2007 – PDN Photography Annual, Corporate Category
2005 – IPA, 2nd Place, Product/Services
2003 – IPA, Nominee, Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Photography
2002 – Communication Arts, Award of Excellence

TALKS + LECTURES
2011 – “Conversation with Simon Doonan,” Fashion Institute of Technology
2011 – “See It. Love It. Shoot It,” PDN Photo Plus Expo
2010 – “Q+A with Simon Doonan,” MILK Studio
2009 – “Conversation with Valerie Steele,” Fashion Institute of Technology