Category Archives: FOUND PHOTOS

GILLIAN MCCAIN REFLECTS ON NYU AND HER ARTISTIC PASSIONS! (NYU ALUMNI BLOG)

VIA NYU ALUMNI BLOG

We recently chatted with Gillian McCain, author of two poetry books, Tilt and Religion, co-author (with Legs McNeil) of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, and co-editor of Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose (also with Legs McNeil). She is also a collector and exhibitor of found photography. She spoke about her time at NYU and her eclectic artistic pursuits. Photo Credit: Annie Watts

Do you have a favorite NYU memory?

My friend Eric Swenson and I organized a reading by Gregory Corso at the Loeb Student Center—we got a thousand people there! It was crazy. It was free, but it was still crazy. We made flyers and went to the park all the time and gave them out. We were hanging out at this rare bookstore in the West Village, and that’s where we met Gregory Corso and the some of the other Beat writers; so they told some of their friends, and it was advertised well at NYU. They were paying Corso a thousand bucks, which was pretty significant at the time. It was an exciting event. And all the friends I made are still my best friends. I met my friend Chris Simunek first day of Expository Writing class—and he is still my one of my best friends. Up until recently he was the editor at High Times. I remember I’d hang out in Washington Square Park a lot and I remember there was this girl about my age, Corene LeMaitre, she just goes: “Nice boots.” And I go: “I like your boots, too.” And she is still a friend of mine. She ended up writing a novel for HarperCollins. So everyone did pretty well. A lot of people I have lost touch with, but I should look them up on Facebook.

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NYC SUBWAY FOUND PHOTOS FROM THE SET OF “ROCKY HORROR!” (NEW NOW NEXT)

BY MATTHEW THARRETT VIA NEW NOW NEXT

A collection of vintage Polaroid photos from the set of The Rocky Horror Picture Show are back in the hands of their original owner, thanks to the Good Samaritan who found them after they were lost on a New York City subway platform in 2011.

A man named Brady Marter uploaded his surreptitious find, which includes shots of Tim Curry in and out of drag, to the website Collectors Weekly with a description several years ago.

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DRAGON LADIES: A TREASURE TROVE OF PHOTOS OF STRIPTEASERS FROM THE EIGHTIES

BY LISA JANSSEN

Tyler Hubby, an editor and director of the highly anticipated Tony Conrad documentary lives around the corner from me in Echo Park. When he moved his family into their house ten years ago, he found a mysterious trove of “stack (s) of withered, moldy envelopes from different one-hour photo labs.” What we all dream of, right?

STRIPTEASERS FROM THE EIGHTIES
Photographer B. Mason with lady friend

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FIFTY FOTOS FOUND BY GILLIAN MCCAIN AND JAMES MARSHALL!

BY: JOE BONOMO via No Such Thing As Was

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A found photograph contracts and at the same time expands, confined to the moment of its composition while possible narratives endlessly play out in our imagination. That’s the fun: to end up accidentally in someone’s home and be allowed to speculate as an outsider, to create fictions, to fill in the blanks. Finding a photo of strangers, who are sometimes in strange positions doing strange things, reminds us that history is never simply the background against which things occur; history provides the tableaux within which people live and act as products, as well as producers, of history. We look at a found photograph from an older era and, if there’s no date-stamp, make plot-line guesses based on hairstyle, clothes, color of the shag carpet, shagginess of the shag carpet, the make of the car out the window in the driveway. Who’s President?, we wonder. What’s on Top 40? How have the people been shaped by history? Do they fit in to their times, or do they rebel? One can speculate wildly, but all speculation is tethered to the very real — and, in its own modest way, historic — stuff in the photo. The figures in found photos are redolent of an era because they’re living it, right there in front of us, their anonymity endlessly curious.

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