The Beastie Boys, Madonna and Joe Strummer were not only the musical rebels of their time, but dear friends of photographer Josh Cheuse, as well.
In shooting these and many other famous faces, "my approach was to be kind to people, be real and just be honest," Cheuse says. "I got good stuff because these people became my friends and family, and I respected them and they kind of got that. It wasn't a paparazzi thing."
Music fans with a penchant for candid moments can catch a glimpse of Cheuse's more than 30 years of shooting artists in his new Grooving Years exhibit, opening Friday at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery and running through Oct. 11. The show includes rarely displayed and never-before-seen photographs of famed performers ranging from Oasis and Run-DMC to Lady Gaga and MGMT.
Cheuse's photographic style comes from "perseverance, talent and luck," as gallery owner Peter Blachley puts it. The native New Yorker began his photography career when he was just 16 and used his high school's pay phone so he could call The Clash at Electric Ladyland Studios and ask to photograph them. (USAToday)
© JOSH CHEUSE, 1982
Madonna before her first performance at Danceteria.
Sizes: 11x14 16x20 20x24 30X40
Color: Black and White
Type: Archival Digital Print
Edition of: 11x14" (open), 16x20" (75), 20x24" (50), 30x40" (20)