New Memoir Offers Look Into Life of Imero Fiorentino, 'The Picasso of the Spots and Strobes'

by Nook Schoenfeld
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Imero Fiorentino's memoirs have been published posthumously by his widow, Angela.
Imero Fiorentino's memoirs have been published posthumously by his widow, Angela.

NEW YORK –  Let There Be Light:  An Illuminating Life chronicles the life of Imero Fiorentino, a prominent lighting designer whose career spanned 60 years, a man dubbed by Newsweek magazine "the Picasso of the spots and strobes". Known best for his work in television, Fiorentino was one of the pioneers in the 1950's, designing the lighting for such shows as Pulitzer Prize Playhouse and U.S. Steel Hour.

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The creative consulting company he formed in 1960 expanded into all areas of lighting, as well as set design and production of live shows.

He personally designed the lighting for major productions and lit more than 600 celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand.  He lit every U.S. President from Eisenhower to Clinton and many other political figures.  Imero was a great raconteur, and he has fascinating and amusing stories to tell.  He writes entertainingly and from the heart.

He tells about growing up in Brooklyn among eccentric Sicilian relatives, one of whom regularly took him to Radio City Music Hall, which triggered an early fascination with lighting.  His plans were almost shattered when he lost the sight of one eye in a frightening firearms accident when he was 17.  His story will inspire his readers to overcome adversity, to pursue their dreams whatever the obstacles, and to achieve personal fulfillment by mentoring others.

"Let There Be Light"

By Imero Fiorentino

Hardcover – 6 x 9in – 172 pages – ISBN 9781543423853

Softcover  - 6 x 9in – 172 pages – ISBN 9781543423846

E-Book  - 172 pages – ISBN 9781543423853

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Award-winning lighting designer Imero Fiorentino was a pioneer in the very early days of television at ABC-TV, New York.  In 1960, he founded Imero Fiorentino Associates (IFA), an elite group of performing arts consultants.  IFA became a multimillion dollar company which lasted 37 years, with offices in New York, Hollywood, Chicago and Las Vegas.  Fiorentino lit many celebrities and unique events such as the first picture ever transmitted into space, via the Telstar satellite. His death in 2013 left a void that is deeply felt by all who loved him and the people he mentored, many of whom are now at the top of the lighting and production professions.  A comprehensive obituary of him appeared in the Oct. 13, 2013 issue of The New York Times.