I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of a new photo exhibit at Clamp Art in Chelsea’s gallery district.

The exhibit is titled “NYC, c. 1985” and features such heavy-hitters as Nan Goldin, Larry Clark and Amy Arbus.  It’s a great show that really captures the era’s gritty rawness and creativity.

My contribution is a slideshow of almost 50 snapshots that I took throughout the 1980s—of friends; celebrity events; nightlife, AIDS activism, etc.

 

Brooklyn guy in front of mural.  Early 1980s
Brooklyn guy in front of mural. Early 1980s

 

It’s a very random and eclectic collection that reflects my own personal adventures as well as the incredible dynamism of New York back then.

My photo credit is “Les Simpson” since almost all the pictures were taken before Linda was born (in the late 1980s).

 

Partygoers at Palladium Nightclub's Michael Todd Room.  1986
Partygoers at Palladium Nightclub’s Michael Todd Room. 1986

 

Gene at picnic in Central Park.  Early 1980s
Gene at picnic in Central Park. Early 1980s

 

Keith Haring and go-go boy at Danceteria nightclub.  1985
Keith Haring and go-go boy at Danceteria nightclub. 1985

 

Liza Minnelli and Mark Garo at after-party for the TV special, "Night of 100 Stars."  1982
Liza Minnelli and Mark Garo at after-party for the TV special, “Night of 100 Stars.” 1982

 

ACT UP protest at City Hall.  1989
ACT UP protest at City Hall. 1989

 

See more of my photos at the gallery’s website here.

The show is up until July 3rd and I’ll be making a personal appearance on Saturday, June 8th, from noon to 2:30pm.  I was away for the show’s opening so it will be my own private opening.  (That sounds dirty!)