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Event: Veteran film set photographer Phil Caruso to display, discuss work

Veteran film and TV set photographer Phil Caruso, whose credits include work with Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Ron Howard, as well as HBO’s new comic historical drama “White House Plumbers,” will discuss his craft at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Hearst Media Center in Colonie.

Paul Grondahl, Opalka Endowed Director of the New York State Writers Institute and a Times Union columnist, will interview Caruso on stage.

The event, co-sponsored by the Times Union and the NYS Writers Institute, is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Film set photographer Phil Caruso in conversation with Paul Grondahl

7 p.m. Thursday, June 1

Hearst Media Center

645 Albany Shaker Road

Colonie, NY 12211

Some of Phil's photos: Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt featured in the “Meet Joe Black” movie poster; Robert DeNiro on the set of "Cape Fear"; Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux and Ike Barinholtz in HBO's "White House Plumbers," which filmed at the state Capitol in the summer of 2022; Tom Hanks on the set of “Forrest Gump”; Helen Mirren and Al Pacino in a scene from the HBO film "Phil Spector."

Caruso’s will show images from his four-decade-plus career on such films as “Forrest Gump,” “Casino” and “The Age of Innocence” and discuss his interactions with filmmakers and actors including Robert De Niro, Kathleen Turner, and many more.

One of his most recent assignments, “White House Plumbers” stars Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux as Watergate burglars Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy; the limited series filmed last summer in Albany and the Hudson Valley. Caruso recently shot images during the production of Coppola’s eagerly awaited science fiction film “Megalopolis.”

[Phil Caruso] made still images during the scenes with screen legends Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro in their only film together, "The Score" (2001). He photographed Tom Hanks running through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine during one marathon Sunday for the cross-country jogging sequence in "Forrest Gump" (1994). He shot stills of DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman acting in "Wag the Dog," a dark political satire directed by Barry Levinson that wrapped in a remarkably compressed 30-day shoot.

It's Caruso's work you see on giant movie posters at the cineplex and in promotional images that run in newspapers and magazines. He's worked on dozens of feature films with a stellar list of directors, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis and Terry Gilliam.

For the past three years, he's gravitated to television series that film in New York City, including "Blindspot," "The Affair" and "The Blacklist."

His deepest creative collaborations have been with Scorsese and DeNiro, with whom he worked for many years across the span of 25 movies. They're known as Marty and Bob to Caruso, who also served as DeNiro's on-call photographer for years at many appearances with the Oscar winner. Read more.


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