Famed photographer Rose Hartman is introduced to Austin

Rose Hartman, the fashion and celebrity photographer who captured some of the most iconic moments of the famed New York club Studio 54 in the late 1970s, dropped by the American-Statesman offices this morning to talk about the new documentary, “The Incomparable Rose Hartman.”

Rose Hartman

Rose Hartman

 

Jerry Hall, in a Rose Hartman photograph.

Jerry Hall, in a Rose Hartman photograph.

Bianca Jagger atop a birthday party horse at Studio 54. Taken by Rose Hartman.

Bianca Jagger atop a birthday party horse at Studio 54. Taken by Rose Hartman.

Directed by Otis Mass, the film details how the New Yorker became friends with Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell and gained access to the VIP area at the club, before the dividing curtain was lifted at 11 p.m. and the dancing and partying began.

Probably her most iconic photograph is of Bianca Jagger atop a white horse during her birthday party at the club. But she was also one of the early chroniclers of model Jerry Hall, the Texas native who recently married Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Before showing up at the Statesman offices, Hartman had an interview on “Good Morning Austin,” a program on Austin’s Fox affiliate. She was asked about Hall’s recent marriage to Murdoch, and she said, in her typically blunt way, that she regarded it as “beauty and the beast” to the somewhat surprised co-anchors.

Hartman was also mystified that the next guest on the show was a cat. Yes, it was Grumpy Cat. And Hartman couldn’t figure out why a cat would be on an interview show. Welcome to Austin, Rose.

At any rate, the documentary is a hoot, and so is Hartman.

It premieres at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Alamo South, followed by screenings at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Alamo Slaughter, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alamo South and at 3 p.m. March 19 at the Alamo South.

She’ll also be signing books of her photography at the Austin Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The two books are “Incomparable Women of Style” and “Incomparable Couples of Style.”

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