19 Oct #PhotographersWeLove – Michel Delsol’s black & white portraits of the 1980’s NYC music scene
#PhotographersWeLove Michel Delsol is high on our list, here at the gallery. Delsol is a multi-award winning, portrait, and fine art photographer. Born in Paris, he now works and lives in New York City. His portraits of musicians who lived, played, and partied, in NYC, during the ’80’s is prolific. Many were taken whilst he worked as a photographer for various music magazines, including the iconic (sadly, no more) Village Voice, news and culture paper.
‘The Beastie Boys, taken whilst on a fashion assignment for the Village Voice. Here Adam (Ad-Rock), Michael (Mike D) and Adam (MCA) are in the company of Eloise, one of their stage Go-go dancers, in Times Square . It was quite a raucous (and nonetheless respectful) shoot.’ Michel Delsol (Instagram @micheldelsol)
”Strangelove’, my portrait of Depeche Mode backstage at Madison Square Garden, NYC, shot on assignment for Keyboard Magazine. This was about 20 minutes before going onstage, as they were all dressed up and geared for ‘Music for the Masses” Michel Delsol
”Johnny B Goode’, Johnny Winter, blues and rock n roll singer and guitar player, arrived alone at my studio about 45 mn early for a 7 p.m. shoot. His P.R. people were not there yet, and my assistant was out getting an early dinner. Johnny is reserved and I am quiet. He sits on a couch, I’m not talking much, he is speaking even less. I remark that his arm tattoos are nice, he gets up, unbuckles his belt and drops his pants to show me the tattoos on his thighs. He’s wearing electric blue shiny, tight, underpants. He’s been in the studio for less than 10 minutes by now, all are very friendly… it is a good start. I remember his hair, looking like it was made of the thickest blond-white silk, and being fascinated by the 2 rattle snakeheads with open fangs of his hat band. Shot on assignment for Guitar World Magazine (maybe cover ??/don’t remember). Photographed with Polaroid type 665 film, Sinar 4 x 5 camera and a combination of tungsten and strobe lighting’ Michel Delsol.
”Pretty in Pink’, my portrait of Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs on location in Philadelphia, on assignment for New York Talk Magazine. Spellbinding voice and stage charisma, also a great ‘Alice in Wonderland’ type of name for a post-punk/new wave band’ Michel Delsol.
I could add so many more of my favorite images of Michel’s to this post, but I’ll tear myself away now. Take a step back into music history and check out more of his awesome portraiture series, and other works, for yourself, on his website. Also, follow him on Instagram @micheldelsol. Be warned, fellow music-lovers, you may get hooked!
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Header image: ‘’One Way or Another’ Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie photographed for the John Giorno Poetry Systems. Chris had scouted a location in the basement of an industrial building that was being renovated, although as we had to ‘make’ our way thru a chain link fence and a boarded up window. 10 days after the shoot, we met again in Chris’s loft to review the contact sheets and once finished it so happened that Debbie and myself where leaving at the same time and we ended up walking together from Tribeca up to 14th st by the Hudson River, under a full Summer moon, I will always, always remember that occasion. ‘Rapture’ ©Michel Delsol
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