I spend a week in Paris photographing the Christian Dior collection designed by their new creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. I photographed everything from the atelier to the fittings, backstage, the show, celebrities, black and white images shot in my documentary ‘fly on the wall’ style. DiorTV made a short piece about me.
Show at Punctum Gallery, Chelsea, punk and hip hop photographs, the NYC MashUp and a Punk MashUp. I ask artists friends from that era like Kosmo Vinyl (Clash), Horace Panter (Specials), Pam Hogg (fashion designer), Ian Wright (illustrator) and Christos Tolera (Blue Rondo- see below) to reinterpret my punk photos. We sell a lot of work and I make it on to the BBC evening news.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
The Hip Hop Revolution Exhibition opens in April at the Museum of the City of New York . My photographs of hip hop artists and the MashUp together with Martha Cooper and Joe Conzo’s legendary photos of break dancers, graffiti artists and the early years of the culture. Amazing press and TV coverage from NY1, ABC morning news, the NY Times and more.
SHINOLA BILLBOARD LA
A project in Detroit for Shinola, photographing their watch makers, store and office staff with product in the workplace. It is a billboard ad in Los Angeles.
The organizers of Photoville ask me to curate their opening night slide show: ‘Down & Dirty’ my choices of the best music photography from disco to present day, 3 months research, images sourced from more than 100 photographers, a newspaper and exhibition in one of the shipping container galleries. People love the images, everyone from Johnny Cash to Tupac Shakur. The outside of the double stacked container is an 18′ high painted MashUp by legendary artists Cey Adams and Queen Andrea. Seen from the BQE it looks amazing.
Cey Adams conceived and curated the Mashup, combining my portraits of influential DJs and MCs with the work of many of New York’s legendary graffiti artists. He selected the artists, and each artist chose a photo from my archive to reinterpret in their own distinct style.
The Mashup is now a collective of 30 artists including ZEPHYR, LADY PINK, FUTURA, LEE QUINONES, REVOLT and more. In 2018 we published a book with Hat&Beard and Fahey Klein : ‘The MashUp’ is available on Amazon and in good book stores.
2013 - PRESENT DAY
JOCKS & NERDS
I start shooting for the new British style, music and culture magazine Jocks & Nerds. My first shoot is jazz singer Jose James, then this cover of DJ Nature, Dapper Dan, GoHardBoyz, VivaLasVegas, and many more artists, musicians, designers, rebels. I am now the New York editor.
Dashwood Books publish ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’ my photographs of the East LA gang that I shot in 1983.
TOKYO SHOW SCHOTT CAMPAIGN
Assignment from Schott Japan to cast and shoot up and coming New York artists, skateboarder, biker, DJ, actor, dancer, musicians on location for 4 days. The campaign is launched at Tower Records in Tokyo, lots of press, DJ Muro spinning and my photos of punks, mods, hip hop.
My book ‘The Breaks Stylin’ & Profilin’ 1982-1990′ is published with PowerHouse Books. It features full page photos of hip hop legends like Run DMC, Salt n’ Pepa, Ice Cube, Booogie Down Productions KRS1 and Scott La Rock, Bambaataa, LL Cool J, EPMD and many more.
MADE IN THE UK
‘Made in the UK The Music of Attitude 1977-1983’ published by PowerHouse my photographs of British bands and fans, Punk, Skinhead, Mod, 2 Tone, Ska and Rockabilly. Sir Paul Smith wrote the intro and hosted an opening party at his Covent Garden store – we had press from Italian Vogue to the Times, exhibitions in New York, London and LA.
Shooting celebrities, actors, politicians, sports people. I photograph the ‘Glamour Woman of the Year’ portraits: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Olympic skater Bonnie Blair, Tennis player Martina Navratilova, NJ Governor Christie Todd Whitman, Playwright Anne Deavere Smith and more. Actors Kevin Bacon, Bill Cosby, Sandra Bernhard, authors Elmore Leonard, David Foster Wallace, Erica Jong, sports stars Derek Jeter, Jackie Joiner, Yao Ming, and classical musicians, TV stars, opera singers, kids for Nickelodeon and Sesame Street, they all come through the studio.
Great assignment to shoot the best dressed men in sports for Esquire. Travelling around America to shoot heavyweight champion George Foreman at his gym in Texas, Houston Rockets basketball center Hakeem Olajuwon, golfer Payne Stuart in Florida, hall of fame jockey Jerry Bailey on a horse at the track, baseball greats David Justice and Danny Tartabull, Olympic gymnast Bart Conner, football quarterback Dave Brown, sportscaster Frank Gifford and football coach Dan Reeves.
RAP PORTRAITS & LYRICS OF A GENERATION OF BLACK ROCKERS
St Martins Press publish a book of my hip hop photos with text by Bill Adler and lyrics by the artists. We throw our own launch party at SOB’s with open mike rappers. We are interviewed by Ed Lover and Dr Dre on ‘Yo MTV Raps’.
In 1984 my friends Kim and David started a new magazine called Paper, a fold out black and white poster featuring New York news, clubs, music, style, art, food. Assembled in Kim’s loft in ‘zine’ style we shot many of the covers, portraits and style stories at my downtown studio.
I photographed the first Hip Hop show,”New York City Rap”, to come to London for Melody Maker. I shot DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Mixer D.S.T, The Rock Steady Crew, Futura 2000, Dondi, Ramelzee, Fab 5 Freddy and Rammellzee It changed my life. I moved to New York in 1983.