Sunday, January 4, 2015

12 Unseen Photographs from the 1976 Film 'Taxi Driver' by Steve Schapiro

Taxi Driver has long been regarded as a cinematic milestone, and Robert DeNiro’s portrait of a trigger-happy psychopath with a mohawk is widely believed to be one of the greatest performances ever filmed. Time magazine includes the film in its list of 100 Greatest Movies, saying: "The power of Scorsese’s filmmaking grows ever more punishing with the passage of time."

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)

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