FASHION

Roxanne Lowit’s Magic Moments

Watch an exclusive preview of Yvonne Scio’s new film about the famous photographer.


In “Magic Moments,” a new documentary about Roxanne Lowit that premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival earlier this month, filmmaker Yvonne Scio follows the famous fashion photographer to Paris, where she began shooting fashion week in 1977, “four times a year for thirty years.” A lot has changed since then. As modern day crowds swarm around the Eiffel Tower taking selfies, Lowit reflects on how much photography has changed over the years. “When I first started being a photographer, they didn’t have fashion photographers,” she says in the film. “They had photographers and they were in camouflage—big safari jackets. When I went backstage, they said, ‘you can’t be a photographer, you don’t look like one.’ And I didn’t. I looked like me.”

Photos: Roxanne Lowit Photographs Yves Saint Laurent

Opium Party, 1978, Alya Chinn. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Ready-to wear Spring 1981. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

New York, 1983. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Ready-to-wear Spring 1983. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Ready-to-wear Fall 1984. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Ready-to-wear Fall 1984. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Haute couture Fall 1985. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Catherine Deneuve, 1988. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Haute couture Spring 1990, Katoucha Niane. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Haute couture Spring 1993. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Haute couture Spring 1993, Shalom Harlow. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Jerry Hall, 1995. ©Roxanne Lowit. Courtesy of Roxanne Lowit.

Yves Saint Laurent by Roxanne Lowit, $50, barnesandnoble.com. Courtesy of Thames & Hudson

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