The legendary fashion and celebrity photographer Roxanne Lowit is the guest of honor of the Reykjavik Fashion Festival 2013.
Lowit was the first to see the potential of backstage photography when she started taking photos behind the scenes. “I was new I had no credentials no invitations. I knew some of the models. They would take me backstage telling anyone who asked that I was their hairdresser though they only had an inch of hair. I started to shoot backstage as a necessity and stayed because I discovered that was where the magic unfolded and I wanted to be there to record every moment of it, from start to finish.”
Roxanne, who in fact did not study photography, admits that she fell in love with it almost by accident. “I was a textile designer and a painter. At the time I wanted to do a portrait series. I photographed the people I wanted to paint. I quickly realized two things; I already had the portraits and had no need to paint them, and second I had found my metier. I turned in my paintbrushes in permanently for the camera. “
Today, her photographs have been published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, V Magazine or Glamour; and her work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Salvador Dali, Johnny Depp, Scarlett Johanson, Yves Saint Laurent or George Clooney are few of the privileged celebrities that have been photographed by Roxanne, but if she had to say who did she enjoy shooting the most she would go with Andy Warhol. “Because he loved the camera. The same can be said about anyone else I love to shoot”, she explains.
Best piece of advice Roxanne has received: Stop and smell the roses. Life is too short to be all work and no play; it is good to take in all that life offers and to slow down once in a while. - From her daughter.
Piece of advice Roxanne would give: Do what you love. Love what you do. Stay true to yourself. No one else can do you.
Interview – Naiara Alberdi
Photography – Roxanne Lowit
Photography of Roxanne Lowit – Jean Karotkin