Emilio Lari is an Italian born movie stills photographer.
Emilio started his career by bluffing his way on to the set of Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night in 1964. On set, the crew and actors happened to be waiting for a photographer from L’European magazine and welcomed Lari accordingly. Emilio happily played the role until he was exposed when the official photographer arrived. However, his talent and friendly approach led to an invitation to the filming of Help! in 1965.
Lari's charm and happy-go-lucky attitude took him through 40 years of European and Hollywood movies – from the cult 1966 hit Barbarella and Franco Zeffirelli’s classic 1968 Romeo and Juliet, to Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic Godfather trilogy and Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.
As the official on-set photographer to the biggest stars of the Big Screen, Lari’s stills are infused with a sense of ease that comes from his relationship with the actors and directors that he worked with. His portfolio includes some incredible shots of iconic figures caught off guard; we see John Lennon mucking about in a long dark wig, and Jane Fonda stealing the director’s chair to put her feet up between takes. Facing us from the back of that chair is the Director’s name: Roger Vadim. Lari has tipped the viewer a cheeky wink...
As much as his considerable skill with the camera, Emilio Lari’s ebullient personality and playful eye characterises his unique brand of photography.
As Francis Ford Coppola said of him, "you...can't separate the work from the man, but both lifted your spirits."
Help!, Director: Richard Lester, 1965
Candy, Director: Christian Marquant, 1967
The Beloved, Director: George P. Cosmatos, 1969
Barbarella, Director: Roger Vadim, 1968
Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Kelly's Heroes, Director: Brian G. Hutton, 1969
The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola, 1972
The Godfather II, 1974
Just a Gigolo, Director: David Hemmings, 1977
Raging Bull, Director: Martin Scorsese, 1979
Once Upon A Time in America, Director: Sergio Leone, 1984
Ladyhawke, Director: Richard Donner, 1984
The Godfather Part III, 1990
- Francis Ford Coppola, quoted in Lari, Emilio, Back to Help, Lampi di Stampa, 2006