Jerry Schatzberg was born to a Jewish family of furriers and grew up in the Bronx. He is a photographer and filmmaker who helped shape the Hollywood Renaissance of the 1970s. Schatzberg attended the University of Miami, and served as an assistant to Bill Helburn before beginning his work as a freelance photographer. Throughout his career, Schatzberg’s photographs have appeared in international fashion magazines, including Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, and Life.
After directing a number of TV commercials, he directed his first feature film in 1970, and went on to release many more critically acclaimed films over the next several decades. Both his films and his photographs examine the intersections between intimacy and story, exploring the subtleties of human relationships. His work is characterized by its narrative quality, combining action, emotion, and formal patterns to convey a particular meaning. His most famous subjects include Bob Dylan, Francis Ford Coppola, Andy Warhol, Arlo Guthrie, Roman Polanski, Fidel Castro, Milos Forman, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and The Rolling Stones. As a still photographer, one of Schatzberg’s most famous images was the cover photo of the Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blonde, released in 1966.
Schatzberg lives and works in New York City.