Dmitri Kasterine has photographed numerous cultural and leading figures of the 20th century including Edward Albee, Johnny Cash, Roald Dahl, Mick Jagger, David Hockney, Rudolph Nureyev and H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. His work was on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London during the winter 2010/11. The Smithsonian has recently acquired five of his portraits .Born in 1932, Kasterine was educated at Radley College, Oxfordshire. He began his professional career as a photographer in 1961, working for publications such as Queen and The Daily Telegraph Magazine. He had a long association with Stanley Kubrick taking stills on Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971). In 1986, he left Britain to move to the United States, which he had first visited on an assignment to photograph Mick Jagger in Los Angeles for Radio Times.
Dmitri Kasterine has produced the personal photographic survey England and the English (1981). An exhibition of mural size prints of the people of Newburgh NY, taken over the last sixteen years is currently displayed on the wall of The Ritz Theater in downtown Newburgh, together with an exhibition entitled Dmitri Kasterine: People & Places, 1955-2011 at The Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 (www.annstreetgallery.org)
The book Newburgh: Portrait of a City was published in 2012 by The Quantuck Lane Press, an affiliate of W.W. Norton & Company. His portrait of Jean Michel Basquiat was included in the exhibition American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery, DC in early 2014. Currently working on two documentary films: Sandy Saunders, Farmer and Newburgh.
What’s Your NativeAdVantage:
What do you do best? I do best, or should I say, I only, but only sometimes, do well what I want to do.
What makes you the best?
That is for others to say.
How will you become the best?
By never giving it a thought.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: To find ways through difficulties without loss to yourself or others.
Business: To find a way to make money out of what I love doing.
What fascinates you?
Writers who write clearly, without repetition or deviation and with honesty and courage.
Happiness depends on ourselves. (Aristotle)
I would add largely depends…
Virginia Woolf, Stanley Kubrick, Anybody who does not say “Thank you for having me.“ on the Leonard Lopade show.
St Petersburgh before the revolution, Berlin, Newburgh NY
An iMac, a wooden-framed mandalin slicer, handmade shoes.
Gardening, tennis, candle light.