About the Artist
Crescenzo Giacomo Notarile is an Emmy award-winning Cinematographer, having photographed over 600 music videos, from artists including: The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Placido Domingo, N’ Sync, Ricky Martin, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, George Michael, AC/DC, Neil Young, Beyonce, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Aerosmith, Weezer, Aretha Franklin, C&C Music Factory, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Nine Inch Nails and many many more…
For the past 32 years. Crescenzo not only has worked on commercials and music videos for directors like Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Sam Raimi (Spiderman), Mary Lambert (Pet Semetery), Russell Mulcahy (Highlander), Hype Williams (Belly), Bob Giraldi (Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’), Marcus Nispel (Texas Chanisaw Massacre Remake), etc., but also works as a director. Crescenzo also has lensed several feature films, such as, Bullet (starring Oscar Nominated Mickey Rourke, Oscar Winner Adrien Brody, Tupac Shakur), Time Cop: The Berlin Decision (starring Jason Lee), Truth Be Told (starring Regina King, Blair Underwood).
When the terrorist attacks happened on September 11th, Crescenzo was severely affected and had informed his agent that he no longer wanted to travel around the globe. He was offered to stay home in LA by shooting a television pilot for Jerry Bruckheimer titled Skin. Since then, Crescenzo has been immersed in the television genre with such shows as Hawaii, Ghost Whisperer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Gotham, and several more.
Crescenzo has been working and living bi-coastally in Soho New York and Los Angeles California, which continuously feeds his discriminating heart and soul. His acutely sensitive and creative eye is constantly observing the evolving world that surrounds him, which ‘simply waits to be seen for the first time, for relying on creative spontaneity – consequently, perpetually realigning the core of his creative pulse.’ He carries his camera with him always, as if it were part of his anatomy, and thus has photographed the world’s crevices, dozens of times over. The result is Crescenzo’s fine art photography, which represents a pure essence of his personal psyche, his character, and his spiritual experiences as a human being and as an artist in this world.
Crescenzo was raised in Brooklyn, New York from first generation Italian descent. Born of artistic lineage, Crescenzo’s parents, Maria – an interior designer and sculptress, along with his father Vincenzo – a famed art director in the world of advertising – who’s work resides permanently in the Museum of Modern Art in NY, graphic designer and painter, encouraged his creative proclivity throughout his life. Graduating from high school in Huntington Long Island from a class of over 2000, Crescenzo received a high honors Cum Laude scholarship to New York University for outstanding photographic achievement, as well as a high honors degree from the Nikon School of Photography for Photojournalism. Upon completing an extensive photo essay on the homeless for a magazine, Crescenzo decided to produce and photograph a 16mm black and white film of the same subject for the University’s Film Festival . This allowed Crescenzo to emotionally compare and study movement with sound, contrasted by silent stillness, and to epitomize the feeling of kinetic energy through a single frame – a still photograph transcending into moving frames. The film was received with critical acclaim at the student festival. This experience brought Crescenzo to shift his focus from photojournalism, to motion picture filmmaking. He soon directed and photographed a short film on the elderly, starring his Grandmother, titled, Old Friends, which was aired on Public Broadcast Television, and was the recipient of an award at the University’s Film Festival.
Crescenzo’s father, at this time was an Art Director/Graphic Designer for an A-List advertising agency in New York City, and was the recipient of several Clio awards for ‘Best Commercial Art Direction’. His photographer then – amongst several, was famed Richard Avedon, and Crescenzo sat in on many shoots, subconsciously learning the persuasive art of advertising and fashion photography. At this time, Crescenzo worked during his summer vacations at his father’s advertising agency as a ‘camera production assistant’ for an in- house film production company. This is where he learned the art and craft of cinematography. Upon graduating Cum Laude in 3 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts, Crescenzo passed an extensive written and practical test and joined I.A.T.S.E. Local 644 – now known as Local 600 – an International Cameraman’s Union, and very quickly worked his way up the ranks, working for Dino DeLaurentiis, and for the late spaghetti western director, Sergio Leone, for the epic film Once Upon A Time In America – all grinding away on thousands of film sets around the world to become the creative cinematographer he is today.
My art is the way I see and feel life. These early works are the result of the pursuit of searching and dissecting inwardly, exploring myself as a human being, probing my sexuality, my love, my anger, my compassion, my fears, my inhibitions, and my fantasies… My mantra is, To See, Is To Feel… I believe it takes a lifetime to become an “artist” and you cannot title yourself such, until you investigate yourself as being inside the nucleus of your mind, heart, and environment, and then to manifest that spiritual force into visual interpretations… It is only then to stare creatively inward with unconditional feeling and raw honesty, hoping to architect a language of expression that is something divine and intangible. My existence – my filmmaking – my photography – are all I have. It is all I want – it is all I need – it is all I live for…”