Photographer Marcia Resnick — whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone and the Paris Review, and exhibited internationally in galleries and museums — has helped create icons; as writer Glenn O’Brien once put it, she is “the insider among the outsiders of art.” Her portraits of defining figures of ’70s counterculture are unique collaborations between her camera and her subjects. Unlike the omnipresent paparazzi of today, Resnick had intimate relationships with the personalities she photographed, who include William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Blondie, Lydia Lunch, John Belushi, and David Byrne.
Tonight, Bad Boys: Punks, Poets and Provocateurs, a selection of Resnick’s rediscovered vintage prints opens at Deborah Bell Photographs. The show, which is on display through February 26th, highlights her explorations of masculine identity, distilling something intimate, giddy and gritty in this particular cultural moment, when the “bad boy” persona was both flaunted and challenged.
Click through to preview a selection of counterculture icons and to read Resnick’s behind-the-scenes account of her own work.
Marcia Resnick says: “One evening in NYC in 1980, Mick Jagger, rock legend, William Seward Burroughs, literary luminary and Andy Warhol, art prodigy, had dinner in the ‘Bunker,’ Burroughs’ residence on the Bowery. The atmosphere was palpable. A food fight erupted. Then, the egos of these three charismatic gods of the counterculture clashed, resulting in a profound silence.”