Photographer Steve Starr passed away Nov. 12, the day before his "Face of the News" exhibit celebrating the 45th anniversary of his studio, was scheduled to open. One month later, his friends carried out his vision.
More than 300 people attended a celebration of Starr's life Dec. 12 at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium, where hundreds of Starr's photos were on display. The presentation featured photos of media standouts, including broadcasters, columnists, reporters and publishers from around the world.
The evening also featured pianist/orchestra leader Stanley Paul, who played songs from the Great American Songbook as a video showed classic movie stars in Starr's collection of art deco frames. And ZZAZZ Productions produced a fashion show, which included models wearing designer Mark Roscoe's "newspaper couture" collection that featured gowns created entirely out of paper.
Renowned photographer Victor Skrebneski, who took Starr's final portrait, unveiled the photo during the evening. It will be included in a portrait montage of Starr that will be on display at Hilligoss Galleries.
Ald. Bob Fioretti presented a proclamation to Starr's family from the
Live entertainment included a production number by
The evening, co-chaired by Margaret O'Connor and Leonard Mogul, was a fitting tribute to Starr. He will be missed.
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