With all the success you garnered photographing rock stars, what made you take your work in such a different direction?
Well, with most of the people I photographed -- Blondie, Patti Smith -- they were my friends. I just took pictures of them. And if I could earn a living selling them and putting them in magazines and getting people more interested in them, we all benefited. It was a totally different time. There were no publicists, no brands to maintain. We were excited to earn more money to create more art.
Do you think those artists would have the same success today, with everything being so carefully managed?
is talent. But in those days, it was photographers who knew all
different types of people. I just feel lucky that as a photographer, I
could help put them together -- be a vehicle for which artists could
meet other artists.
Your rock photos
are a moment in time in the artists' worlds. What
inspired you to create "The Looking Glass," which is so hyper-real and
about you instead?
Most people familiar with my work -- the rock photography -- are not aware of the variation of characters I take on. I was a recording artist under the name of "Will Powers" many years ago. I feel very vulnerable putting myself out there with "The Looking Glass," but taking on different characters is something I've always done quietly. The journey for musicians and rock stars may be different now, but the point of all my work - past and present - is that anybody can be anything, especially today.
"The Looking Glass" runs through October 23 and a book of the same name is for sale, printed in a limited edition run of 1,000 and with a foreword by Glenn O'Brien.