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I am just glad I was able to film Samir Safwat. I had no idea he would die. But, I could only sense it might have been close. Samir Safwat and I, Darrin Andrew La Morte., spent the evening together after the filming of the show. We watched the movie: 'The Life's of Others'. That was my last visit with Samir Safwat. We did not have dinner, but I am just glad I was able to capture him so the rest of the world can see his love for taking beautiful images, photographs. Samir Safwat's love for flowers shines through in this epsoide. CRYING! Samir Safwat, a long-time Darien resident, died Thursday, Jan. 10, after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.
Darrin Andrew La Morte spends an evening with Connecticut artist, Samir Safwat, in Darien. SAMIR SAFWAT shows us some of photographs. THE ARTIST SHOWCASE EPISODE- SAMIR SAFWAT PHOTOGRAPHS.
Samir Safwat will exhibit his photographs in the Main Reading Room at Darien Library
through October 29th. Born in California and raised in Sweden and Egypt, Safwat's interest in photography began during his childhood and was explored throughout his youth. He returned to the United States to attend college, and after college he apprenticed with a number of photographers in New York City, most notably James Moore (Harpers Bazaar, New York Times Magazine).
Safwats first published photograph (in 1965) was a cover shot of John Tchicai, a well-known saxophonist, for the jazz magazine Down Beat. His career has included working as a freelance photographer for Mademoiselle Magazine as well as for the fashion department at The New York Times.
In the past few years, he has become involved in digital photography, enjoying the full control of the photographic process from exposure to the final print.
Darrin Andrew La Morte met with long time friend Samir Safwat, jazz pianist, photographer/ artist, on October 29th, 2007. Together they talked, about SAMIR SAFWAT PHOTOGRAPHS. Darrin Andrew La Morte had a very brief interview with SAMIR SAFWAT. Filmed October 29th, at The Darien Library. This is probably Samir Safwat's last former personal appearance on 'The Artist Showcase TV Show' before his death. Samir Safwat was a very good friend of mine. Someone who I will greatly miss. I childhood rock star in Sweden when he was only 15. He had a vision and nothing in the world stopped him from achieving his goals as a Jazz pianist, or as professional photographer. He had an underlying desire to achieve perfect with every click of the shutter. Samir Safwat's works of
Jimi Hendrixare out of this world! This exhibit at Darien Library will be a display of the work that Safwat does in his spare time: photographing subjects of personal interest.
Born in Berkeley, Calif., on April 24, l942, Mr. Safwat lived in Egypt and Sweden before returning to the U.S. after graduating from high school in Sweden.
He graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in music, after which he apprenticed to a fashion photographer in New York City and evenutally opened his own studio, working for the New York Times and Mademoiselle, among others.
After some time, he returned to music and performed as a jazz pianist, performing solo and in groups. He also taught piano for many years in New York City and Connecticut.
He recently exhibited his photographs in the Darien Library.
He is survived by his mother, Civ Safwat, and a brother, Omar Safwat, both of Darien.
He was predeceased by his father, Mostafa Safwat.
Donations in Mr. Safwat’s name may be made to Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple St., Norwalk, CT 06856.
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These are just a few pics taken from the filming of "Samir Safwat Photographs".
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OCTOBER 29, 2007 Darien, Conn. Darrin Andrew La Morte and Samir Safwat.
Here I am am with Samir Safwat during the shows opening. We both were standing their waiting for the cameras to roll. Towards the beginning of filming their still were a few people were scatted about checking out books,and talking very loudly. So we both just sort of stood their and waited till the left. And they closed the library doors just for the two of us to film. This is just moments before we started and had begun to film this Episode. I think a few people might have still been talking in the background. I said, to the camera and the audience, that we are are in for a good show tonight and I said, that we are very fortunate to have a great artist and photographer with us tonight. Samir Safwat looked at me and gave me a smirk. Samir face wore a familiar smile, one I had grown to come accustomed to seeing when he was happy and I was able to make him laugh. I proceeded to introduce him - Samir Safwat to my viewers watching. We both had a very fun evening filming together. We spent a few hours together afterward watching 'The Life Of Others' and I am really afraid to say this was the last day and I saw and spent with Samir. If you had known 'Samir Safwat' You would have loved him. He was just that sort of person that always was driven to make something come to life that you could not see. His photographs gave YOU, THAT SENSE OF BEAUTY and timelessness. I know I surely will miss Samir Safwat, but I am very grateful he was well enough and met with me and let me film his work. Thanks a lot! Maybe, you remember Samir as a childhood rock star? in Sweden.
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