The Unexpected Joys of Lou Reed’s Art Photography

If you’re reading Flavorwire, you most likely don’t need us to tell you about Lou Reed’s music (and, in any case, we’ve written plenty about the great man’s musical legacy this week already.) But it’s worth remembering that Reed wasn’t only a musician — he was a writer, and a filmmaker, and perhaps most fascinatingly, a photographer. He published several photo books, the most interesting of which was Romanticism, a series of landscapes shot largely with a digital camera converted to create infrared images. (His interest in new technology and gear clearly extended to cameras — he was particularly fond of the beautiful cameras made by Swiss company Alpa (who paid tribute to him on their website yesterday), and waxed lyrical in this 2009 interview about his gear in general.) We’ve gathered some of our favorite images from the book for a gallery post; click through for an entirely different side of Reed’s art and work.

Photo credit: Lou Reed
Photo credit: Lou Reed