Gene Spatz | The Way They Were

Eugene “Gene” Spatz (1943-2003), a pioneer of the paparazzi movement in America, was welcomed by the many actors, writers, filmmakers, artists, politicians, musicians and sports stars that comprised the New York celebrity scene of the 1970 and 80s. He captured his images on the street, on film sets, at major celebrity events and parties, concerts and performances, and at clubs, most notably Studio 54 in its heyday. His collected images form a dossier on what “celebrity” meant in New York during that fascinating time. Here, we see a small sample of these celebrities the way they were.

image John Kennedy Jr. + Jackie Kennedy Onassis 1978
image Mary Tyler Moore + Anthony Perkins 1980
image Robert Redford 1976
image Katharine Hepburn Year Unknown
image Nurse Lily 1976
image Elegance At Any Age Year Unknown
image Roosevelt Skyes Year Unknown
image Gilda Radner 1977
image Lauren Hutton Year Unknown
image Barbara Walters 1976
image Yoko Ono + John Lennon Year Unknown
image Julie Newmar 1974
image Sissy Spacek + Carrie Fisher Year Unknown
image Debbie Reynolds Year Unknown
image Edgar Winter 1974
image William Shatner 1977
image Valery Panov 1976
image Teddy Kennedy Year Unknown
image Dick Cavett + Muhammed Ali + Harry Belafonte Year Unknown
image Pearl Bailey + Eva Gabor 1975
image OJ Simspon 1978
image George Burns Year Unknown
image Elton John 1976
image Renee Richards Year Unknown
image Muhammad Ali + Howard Cosell Year Unknown
image Leonard Bernstein + Jackie Kennedy Onassis Year Unknown
image Robin Williams Year Unknown
image Cary Grant + Douglas Fairbanks + Jimmy Stewart Year Unknown
image Diana Ross 1978
image Cecily Tyson 1976
image Bob Dylan 1975
image Rita Hayworth + Eartha Kitt Year Unknown
image Carol Channing + Marlo Thomas Year Unknown
image Mary Tyler Moore + Robert Redford 1981
image Princess Grace of Monaco + Walter Cronkite 1977
image Dustin Hoffman Year Unknown
image Bette Midler Year Unknown
image Sly Stone 1974
image Tina Turner Year Unknown
image Richard Burton + Lauren Bacall Year Unknown
image Dolly Parton Year Unknown
image Liza Minnelli Year Unknown
image Sydney Poitier + Coretta Scott King 1974
image Sophia Loren Year Unknown
image Jerry Lee Lewis Year Unknown
image John Belushi Year Unknown