Gary Green is an American photographic artist
Episode 130: This episode features my conversation with Gary Green, an American artist whose remarkable new book When Midnight Comes Around (Stanley/Barker) details the legendary New York Punk and Post-Punk scene of the late 70s and early 80’s.
This is part one of a longer conversation that I have ongoing with Gary, whose work is multi-layered and incredibly interesting. Whereas, When Midnight Comes Around is an impressive volume of Green’s nightlife photographs of famous artists and musicians in New York at a very particular time in the city’s history, his career extends much further. For this reason, Gary and I have decided to break our conversations up into a few different blocks do that we may pay respect to each body of work the respect it deserves.
Throughout this part of our longer conversation, we speak about Gary’s background, how he got to New York and what the general feeling of the moment was like and what it took to be a night owl on the watch of some of these mythical clubs and moments within them. In some ways, it felt like a great antidote to the moment we are all dealing with-speaking on clubs, music, but also a sense of community.
Gary reminisced on what it was like to photograph at the venues, but also what it was like bumping into the likes of Tom Waits, Patti Smith, David Johansen, Andy Warhol etc. We also spoke a little bit about the Chelsea Hotel and other artists of the time. It is one of the cities and eras that fascinates me heavily and I love speaking freely with people who experienced the moment firsthand. It gives me an insight into the reality of the situation while also confirms a bit of my anarchronistic fantasies about the mythology that pervades the times.
Gary is a great conversationalist and it was a true pleasure to chat with him about this chapter of his work. The next episode or so will come out in the new year and I look forward to getting back to Gary and his work in 2021. Dig In!