October, 2013

jim salzano remembers lou reed

It has been so interesting to read all the online eulogies to Lou Reed the past few days. To see how many people were touched by his music and of course, to read the stories that help people remember and say goodbye to a legend.

My photographers have also shared their own stories with me, including Jim Salzano who had the chance to meet and photograph Lou Reed in 2007 at the annual Tibet Hall Concert at Carnegie Hall.

“In 2007 Lou Reed was on the bill with his wife Laurie Anderson and Patti Smith. I had a backstage pass and was surprised at how casual the atmosphere was with all of these rock legends hanging together. Here’s Lou and Laurie in their dressing room and Lou with Patti Smith, I even made them laugh! It’s a sad week in NY. Lou Reed was such a NY Rock icon. My heart goes out to all of his family and friends.”


Lou Reed backstage at Carnegie Hall with wife Laurie Anderson


Lou Reed backstage at Carnegie Hall with Patti Smith

lou reed by christine alicino : recreating metal machine music

When Lou Reed passed away yesterday, Christine Alicino posted a memoriam on Instagram from a shoot she did with him in 2004. Christine was referred to Lou Reed by her friend Brian Eno to shoot publicity and cover shots for the 2005 release of Metal Machine Music. The 2005 album was a collaboration between Lou and the 11 member Berlin ensemble, Zeitkratzer; a 2002 recording of Lou’s original 1974 album, subsequently mixed at Asphodel Studios in San Francisco.

Christine and Lou met for lunch to review her portfolio and he thought she was perfect, “an artist,” he said. The creative direction was to recreate the look from the original 1974 release reminiscent of the early Lou Reed. The collaboration included shopping at all the hardcore leather stores in San Francisco for the perfect leather jacket and sunglasses, a lot of time together doing Tai Chi, and a long post-shoot email correspondence about photography.

In memory of both Lou Reed and Christine’s project, I wanted to share the final image. Rest in peace, Lou. Thank you for the music.


christine alicino “shelf life” image selected for pdn objects of desire

Congratulations to Christine Alicino for her PDN win. An image from her ongoing SHELF LIFE series was selected for inclusion in PDN’s Objects of Desire contest.


With SHELF LIFE Christine asks people for objects of passion, for what they find dear or beautiful in their environment and then groups them together in “portraits.”

“What objects do we surround ourselves with? What is our relationship to them? How do they reflect our personalities, our spirits?” are the questions Christine is exploring with this project. “By assembling my friend’s choices of what they find dear in their collectables I have created an ‘alter-portrait’ represented by their precious possessions.”

Congratulations again to Christine and thank you to PDN!

mca in boston

roadshow crew Boston

Margaret Lampert, Jim Salzano, Marianne Campbell, Matthew Turley, Jamie Kripke

Just back from a quick trip to the East Coast which culminated in a mini-MCA Roadshow in Boston. The band was back together and once again, I was reminded how incredibly lucky I am to love what I do and to work with such amazingly talented and wonderful photographers. To view a quick video of our inaugural Roadshow in Chicago, click here. Until next time…