My Manhattan | Brian Hamill

August 14, 2014 12:29 PM

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My Manhattan | Brian Hamill

As a professional photographer since 1965, I have had many "meaningful defining moments" that I was lucky enough to capture. Frozen fragments of time out of context. Looking back, my photographs of Muhammad Ali and John Lennon, especially wearing his Elvis pin on the rooftop of the Dakota and sitting writing lyrics at his kitchen table, strike me as near the top of the list of my important work. And later, I got to take some meaningful, some say iconic, still photographs on several wonderful motion pictures. One of those photographs became famous. I took it 36 years ago on the early morning of August 14, 1978.

In 1970, I did stills on my first movie in Rome. In 1976, I met my fellow Brooklyn mug, Woody Allen, and he hired me to work on Annie Hall. He also hired Gordon Willis as the DP. I was thrilled. I had been a big fan of Gordon's work. I had met him a few years earlier on the set of a film called The ...

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