Steve Schapiro—whose photographs were featured in TASCHEN’s Godfather Family Album—was the special photographer on the set of Taxi Driver, capturing the film's most intense and violent moments from behind the scenes.
Schapiro has worked as an on-set photographer on many other films and has sold his images to glossy magazines, but there was something different about Taxi Driver.
“Even though The Godfather was about the mafia, when the takes were over the cast would all leave the set and play jokes on each other. It was like a family,” he says. “But Taxi Driver was different – it had a down tone to it, and a really depressing side.”
(Photos by Steve Schapiro, via TASCHEN)