March 25, 2015 0

LAURIE ANDERSON

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I photographed the godmother of the New York Art scene, experimental musician Laurie Anderson at her Canal Street studio for the Japanese magazine NERO last fall. I couldn’t find an assistant that would work for $100 dollars so I did the job by myself. (Which is a pretty risky idea, verging on stupid) Fortunately I was able to get all my stuff loaded in and set up just in time. Laurie had asked the designer Claire Fleury to bring by some of her custom suits so it was just the three of us. When Laurie started doing Ti Chi moves, I decided to mix my light sources to enhance her movement. Considering her history with improvisation I wanted to let things fall apart a bit, I was looking for a happy accident. What’s great about shooting for NERO is that they let me do whatever I want and they always choose the weirdest, most fucked up photos I give them. The shoot was short and sweet, and Laurie was incredibly warm and charming. The best part is that our Tai Chi image was selected to be included in American Photography 31. I haven’t had an image in AP for 14 years. Maybe I should not use assistants more often.

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