Grouper

The artist Liz Harris aka Grouper has a new album called ‘Ruins’ I shot this photo of her for the current Interview Magazine on a rainy afternoon below Canal Street.

THE RZA

The Wu-Tang Clan is back, their much-delayed LP will be released on December 2. The RZA (my archive photo above) is a vegan and featured in a PETA commercial. He told the NME “I think hip-hop has become more conscious about diet …My peers and people that are related to me appreciate the vegan lifestyle, it’s really spreading…. I don’t need a dead animal or dead piece of flesh to go into my live body. There’s nothing on this planet that doesn’t want to live. I had animals as friends, they were happy to see me in their own animal way. I’m quite sure they did not want to be on my plate.”

Brighton day out 1972

Photos from a day out by the sea in Brighton in 1971. I was wearing vintage shirt from jumble sale, levi jeans, platform shoes from Chelsea Cobbler, leather biker jacket gift from ‘Little John’. Victor is wearing vintage shirt from jumble sale, levi jeans, Eddie wears ripped T shirt, sandals and overalls from America.

‘HEAVY ROTATION’ BIKER BBQ

In September the Heavy Rotation Bike Club invited me to their annual BBQ party in a park in ‘North O’. Black biker clubs from neighboring cities gathered in the park to party, talk  and enjoy the day. It was a very chill out event, the DJ played soul, ladies served great food, the guys gathered to tell road stories and admire each other’s bikes.

ARTISTS AT BEMIS, OMAHA NEBRASKA

This year I was invited to be an artist in residence at Bemis in Omaha Nebraska. I spent almost seven weeks there over August and September. I was given a huge studio with a table, two chairs, a bed, kitchen and bathroom. My mission was to fill the white walls with photographs. I did workshops with the North Omaha teens, and photographed the Omaha residents at the Labor Day Parade, a black biker club picnic, a powwow, a three day rodeo, people on the streets, abandoned buildings, and much more. I became obsessed with documenting the other artists in residence there – we had bonded over pot luck dinners, drinks at La Buvette (the local hangout), Cubbies supermarket in the gas station, thrift store expeditions and art talk. Here are the portraits we made in the Bemis studios.

BALAM BARTOLOME artist

AUDRA WOLOWIEC artist, sculptor

DAVID HARPER artist, sculptor

KIRA GREENE artist

CEY ADAMS artist, creative director, graffiti artist, book designer

ANGELA DRAKEFORD artist

KENNETH ADKINS artist, sculptor

HEATHER HART sculptor

LEON JOHNSON artist, book binder, printer, chef extra ordinaire
SAMANTHA FIELDS artist, weaver

DEVEL CRISP spoken word artist

DI MAINSTONE sound artist

LAURA CARLSON painter , performance artist, punk, feminist

Swoon in New Haven

Site Projects brought me to NewHaven to photograph Swoon (above with Olivia and Josh)  installing a beautiful piece of art close to Yale. And hung the JB_MASHUP show at Manjares Cafe  838 West Rock Ave.

Don Was and Jose James

Jose James invited me to the studio to hear the mix for his new album due out next year. It is produced by the legendary Don Was who I have wanted to meet since 1981 when I first heard his album  Was (Not Was) a crazy mix of disco, rock, politics, jazz and everything else that said ‘America’ to me. So finally I got to make this portrait of the two of them standing in a jungle of vintage microphones at Sear Sound. Don is not wearing shoes – like another great producer Rick Rubin who I photographed in 2011 barefoot at the New York Library talk for the launch of the book Def Jam Records: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label. And btw Jose’s album sounds just amazing

Omaha Labor Day Parade 2014

Vietnam Veteran J Pestal on the float

Kids in Saints jerseys from the River City Reds

Girls from ‘North O’

The Rogers family from the Operating Engineers Union Local 57

The Labor Day Parade in Omaha starts early. People are gathering on Cass and 16th in downtown Omaha for the start of the parade. Floats, marching bands, unions of firemen, electrical workers, steel workers, a huge statue of a cow on a trailer, it seems like nothing has changed since the 1960′s here. It is beautiful sunny day and the people of the Great Plains are sitting expectantly on the curb waiting for the parade to start and to celebrate the flag and the idea of being American.

Omaha Intertribal Powwow

Umo^ho Indian Powwow “In the beginning our souls were like stars in the sky”

BBQ Omaha

George Perkins and his wife Ossy just happen to have the best BBQ in Omaha- they pull up their ‘Perk’s Bar-B-Que’ smoker on a Thursday in a mall on 85th and Center and stay until Saturday. The menu is simple: rib sandwich, pulled pork, hot links, slab of ribs, chicken all smoked with firewood from friends’ trees. George has been making BBQ for 50 years – he says “I’m not bragging. I’m the best I know”.