Hatami chronicled film, fashion and popular culture in Europe and the US since the 1960s. He began his prolific career as a photojournalist covering historic events and political figures in the Middle East and then moved on to capturing photographs of film making and fashion.
COCO CHANEL, 1962-69
In 1962, Hatami became a close friend and photographer to Mademoiselle Coco Chanel in Paris, whom he photographed periodically over 8 years. His photographs document the famous grand dame of fashion working in the Atelier or entertaining her guests at the House of Chanel or in her private apartment. Images include celebrities and royalty modeling Chanel fashions or attending fashion presentations: Catherine Deneuve, Marlene Dietrich, Françoise Hardy, Cyd Charisse, Romy Schneider, Annouk Aimee and many others were among the guests of the House of Chanel.
THE BEATLES, 1962-63
The famous photographs of the Beatles in Liverpool are taken during a visit to their dressing room before a performance in a local club. There, the photographer was allowed backstage where he documented the Fab Four as they casually chatted and practiced, and also shot their iconic portraits. Several other images of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show document their onstage performance and a filming break in tête à tête with their manager Brian Epstein, as well as Beatlemania. Within this series of photographs from the Liverpool Cavern are the earliest color images of the group. The 2012 issue of Newsweek magazine was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Beatles and Hatami's color photos are highlighted. They include John holding his black Rickenbacker guiter, Paul his Hofner bass and George his Country Gentleman Guitar.
In the late 60s Hatami was invited by directors on to movie sets to document films and photograph well known actors, such as Mia Farrow, Steve McQueen, Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Sharon Tate, Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Woody Allen, Jacqueline Bisset, Faye Dunaway and many others. Sharon Tate was a personal friend and after her death Hatami testified at the trial against Charles Manson. He worked with movie directors such as Jean-Luc Goddard, François Truffaut, David Lean, Roman Polanski and Charlie Chaplin. In addition to photography, Hatami explored film documentation and used cinematography to create “The Making of Rosemary’s Baby”, which can be seen on the current DVD.
See exhibition, Classic Films of the 1960s. Photographs by Hatami
During his 6 decade career, Hatami provided many photos for magazines and newspapers around the world, including the covers of Life magazine, Paris-Match, Jours de France and fourteen covers of ELLE magazine. Hatami’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, are in numerous private and corporate collections and registered with the Library of Congress.