Eric Kroll - The New York Years: 1971 to 1994
Photograph(s) by Eric Kroll
23 x 16.5 cm
Hard cover with lay flat binding
First limited edition of 500 copies
Special editions, which are are signed and hand numbered (1/5) using European digits, consist of the book, plus photo prints each measuring 11'' x 16'' inches (A3), printed by TAOS using the piezography technique on Japanese Awagami Bamboo fine art paper 250 gr.
"Some of the photos in this book were shot on assignment from Downtown art publications, like the Soho Weekly News or the East Village Eye, but most were self-generated.
There is no discipline in my life. No order. I used to think that chaos helps creativity—I’m not so sure about that anymore.
There were two intense periods of work, it seems, during the time I lived in New York: in the mid seventies, and around the time Leah, my eldest daughter, was born, in 1984. There are innumerable photographs from those decades and luckily some of the subject matter has made it easy to remember when and where certain pictures were shot.
In the seventies: The Rolling Stones on a flatbed truck, rolling down Fifth Avenue, in May of 1975; partygoers at Bianca Jagger‘s birthday party at Studio 54 on May 2, 1977; the Dead Boys at CBGB’s on May 4, 1977; Blondie in rehearsal on October 18, 1977 (a date which was easy to recall, seeing as Reggie Jackson hit three home runs for the New York Yankees in a World Series on that very same day, and I remember that I kept leaving the rehearsal session to watch the home run replays on T.V.); Grace Jonesperforming at Studio 54 on December 29, 1977.
In the eighties: John Sexat Danceteria in 1983; Robert Mapplethorpe at Robert Miller Gallery, and Dondi at Fun Gallery, in March of 1983; Madonna at Danceteria on October 3, 1983; Kenneth Anger in November of 1984. That whole year was busy because I also photographed Greer Lankton, David Wojnarowicz, Mike Bidlo, Rick Prol, Luis Frangella, Richard Hambleton—the pier at Canal Street was teeming with artists—Kenny Scharf with his wife and daughter, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol in his art car. And many, many more artists and musicians.” Eric Kroll, AZ 2021