Rare Photos and Ephemera Documenting the No Wave Cinema Movement

Gallery 98, an online gallery that specializes in the art and ephemera of the 1970s and 1980s, is currently hosting a fantastic exhibition featuring photos and more from the No Wave cinema movement. Most of the images were intended to be advertisements for the indie film projects, which are rarely screened today. Still, they encapsulate the downtown New York scene that emphasized experimental techniques, guerrilla-style shoots, hybrid art forms, and the underground figures at the heart of it all. We feature several of the works on display past the jump, including a photo of Debbie Harry on the set of Amos Poe’s The Foreigner; a publicity photo of East Village fixture Patti Astor with famous b-boy Crazy Legs in Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style — the first hip hop feature film; and materials from the MWF Video Club, affiliated with indie art collective Colab, whose members included Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, and Eric Mitchell.


Fernando Natalici (photographer), production still showing Debbie Harry in The Foreigner by Amos Poe, 1977; RC (resin coated) print developed from the original 35mm negative, early 1990s; 5 x 7 in.

Photograph is inscribed and signed by the photographer on the reverse: “Debbie Harry, The Foreigner – 1977, Natalici”