In 1985 I was working for the New York Daily News Magazine. I got the job to photograph one of my favorite artists Keith Haring whose work I had admired on NYC subway and neighborhood walls. I went over to his downtown studio one afternoon.
Every bit of the studio was covered in art, cutouts, paintings, drawings, graffiti – it was an amazing place. And there was Keith, a lovely friendly man who happily posed for me for a couple of hours. He gave me a huge signed Free South Africa poster which has pride of place in my studio to this day. Look out for the retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum opening March 16.
“The East Village …was just exploding. All kinds of new things were starting. In music, it was the punk and New Wave scenes. There was a migration of artists from all over America to New York. It was completely wild. And we controlled it ourselves” KH in Rolling Stone interview 1989