there was Ray Harryhausen, who died in London on Tuesday at 92. The original genius of special effects and stop-motion animation, Harryhausen famously created the fantasy sequences in movies including “Jason and the Argonauts,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” and “One Million Years B.C.,” using a process he created, Dynamation, shooting miniatures he had built against a rear-projection screen.
In the Hollywood Reporter, Dennis Muren, eight-time Oscar winner and creative director at Industrial Light + Magic, said, “For those of us who admired Ray or knew him personally, it is a sad, sad day, one that we hoped would never come. We lost a remarkable man, a lone wolf, a brilliant artist and a mentor for three generations of filmmakers. He is a big reason we are all here and although he will be missed dearly his work will continue to inspire generations to come.”
I’d had very few portrait (or any other photo) assignments when the Soho News sent me to photograph Ray Harryhausen at the Plaza (and I’d never been in a suite–or even a regular room at that storied hotel). I was gleeful to meet him (his movies had made a big impression on me when I was a kid) and delirious when he let me hold two of his “Titans” miniatures.