Sante D'Orazio  (American, 1956) 

Sante D'Orazio (American, b. January 23, 1956) is a Modern photographer who was born the son of a barber and an opera singer in Brooklyn, NY. His interest in art began while studying fine arts at Brooklyn College. He also studied photography with Lou Bernstein (American, 1911–2005), a member of The New York Photo League, and worked under Philip Pearlstein (American, b.1924), an American Contemporary painter, from 1979 to 1980.

A bookworm until age 25, D'orazio began his career working for Italian Vogue in 1981, and was eventually noticed by Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. This led to a surplus of work involving renowned fashion magazines and business-related clients. His work revolves around a world of alluring celebrities in various stages of undress, including provocative images of Angelina Jolie and Sharon Stone. Pamela Anderson posed for him in 2000, which resulted in a steamy collection of black-and-white prints.

Other publications that have featured D'orazio's work include Vanity Fair, GQ, and Vogue. His pictures have been published in books and put on display in both the United States and Europe, including an exhibit featured at the Anonymous Gallery/Collective Hardware in New York City. Though D'orazio was raised as a Catholic, his photographs typically showcase nude actresses and supermodels, and their overall tone explores sensuality and fame in present-day society. Other exhibitions have been showcased prominently at the LA County Museum, the Cameraworks Gallery in Berlin, and the Hilario Galguera Gallery in Mexico City. Publications consist of A Private View (Penguin Books, 1998), Donatella (TeNeues, 2007), and Pam: American Icon (Schirmer/Mosel, 2007). A Private View offers a glimpse into the world of the rich and famous, with over 600 revealing photographs from D'orazio's portfolio.

Currently a photographer for Playboy, his book Barely Private stays true to his theme: a raw, uncensored look at the fashion industry. Featuring photos of celebrities such as Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera, it is brimming with handwritten notes, creating a diary-like effect. D'orazio is slated to produce a third book entitled Barely Alive.

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Sante D'Orazio, Cindy Crawford


Sante D'Orazio
Cindy Crawford

Auction: May 8, 2014
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Sante D'Orazio, Gisele on Couch, New York


Sante D'Orazio
Gisele on Couch, New York, 2005
photographs, chromogenic print (c-print)


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Sante D'Orazio, Versace #109


Sante D'Orazio
Versace #109, 1997
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Sante D'Orazio, Christie [sic] Turlington and Kara Young, The Panoramic View, Montauk, NY


Sante D'Orazio
Christie [sic] Turlington and Kara Young, The Panoramic View, Montauk, NY, 1993
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1956   Born in Brooklyn, New York
  studied first painting at Brooklyn College, New York
  studied photography with Lou Bernstein
2009   Imperium / Kapitel 1: Qué Viva México!, Galeria Hilario
2008   WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha ,
2008   Sante D`Orazio: Double Cross , NRW, Forum Kultur und (Solo)
2006   Sante D´Orazio, KunstHaus Wien, Vienna (Solo)
2005   Sante D´Orazio, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York City, NY (Solo)
2005   Sante D’Orazio, Haus der Kunst, Munich (Solo)
2004   Sante D'Orazio, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne (Solo)
2004   Pixels, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York City, NY
2003   Galeria Zacheta (Staatliches Museum Warschau),
2000   Artefiera 2000, Bologna
1999   Ghost in the Shell: Photography in the Human Soul, The
1998   International Festival of Fashion Photography, New York
1994   International Festival of Fashion Photography, Carrousel
1992   International Festival of Fashion Photography, Monaco
1991   International Festival of Fashion Photography, Barcelona
1986   Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna