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Friday, December 1, 2017
7:30 p.m. Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue,
University at Albany�s Downtown Campus

EVENT LISTING:Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, photo by Phillip Caruso
The NYS Writers Institute will present �The Art of Still Photography on the Movie Set� with Phillip Caruso, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of Camera Operators, on Friday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue on the University at Albany�s Downtown Campus. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

The iconic image of Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump sitting on the park bench in Savannah. Robert DeNiro’s malicious eyes in CAPE FEAR. Kurt Russell as a firefighter emerging from a blazing building in BACKDRAFT. It is the work of still photographer Phillip Caruso you see on giant movie posters at movie theaters and in promotional images published in newspapers and magazines.

Caruso, one of the most sought-after still photographers in the motion picture industry, will present “The Art of Still Photography on the Movie Set” on Friday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany’s Downtown Campus. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

Caruso is known for his extensive work with Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Zemeckis, Terry Gilliam, and other leading directors during the filming of such movies as BACKDRAFT, CAPE FEAR, FORREST GUMP, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, A BRONX TALE, CASINO, TWELVE MONKEYS, MEET JOE BLACK, MEET THE PARENTS, and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. Backdraft

Caruso also served as actor Robert DeNiro’s personal photographer for 18 films, and earlier this year, he received the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past three years, Caruso has gravitated to television series that film in New York City, including "Blindspot," "The Affair" and "The Blacklist."

In a Times Union profile of Caruso by Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl earlier this year, the photographer discussed his collaborative style on the movie set: “It's about gaining trust and respect. I try to anticipate and capture moments on the set and reactions between actors. They have to feel safe and comfortable with me. I'm the observer, careful not to interrupt that moment between the actors and the director."

“Phil’s not near the top; he is the top among still photographers,” Jane Rosenthal, a film producer and co-founder with DeNiro of TriBeca Productions film studio in New York. Caruso is credited as a pioneer of digital photography in the film industry, starting in the early 1990s.

A self-described technology geek and early adopter, he now uses mirrorless digital cameras that work in silence without a shutter's click — crucial on a set with cameras rolling. a native New Yorker and an expert on historical architecture, writes �Edifice Complex,� a monthly column in Avenue that explores the biographies of historic New York City buildings and their occupants.

Phillip Caruso, Martin Scorsese, and Joe Pesci
Photo: Phillip Caruso, Martin Scorsese and Joe Pesci on the set of "Casino."