From the mid 90’s into the 00”s I was a contributing photographer for the Village Voice. Frequently I was assigned a portrait of an up-and-coming celebrity to accompany La Dolce Musto, Michael Musto’s infamous weekly column. If I was lucky I had a stylist to do some quick grooming and a well lit studio to shoot in. More often than not I had 10 minutes on a street corner or a hotel lobby with a publicist nagging me to hurry up. I learned to be flexible and spontaneous and to work in any kind of lighting conditions.
I loved walking over to Cooper Square late on Wednesday evenings when the trucks delivered stacks of the Village Voice hot off the press. This would be when I’d first see which images the editors selected and how well they printed.
With film everything is done before the shutter is pressed. With digital there’s no end to the possibilities presented by post-production editing. What you see here are scans of the film pretty much straight out of the camera (most frequently my Mamiya 645).