Feel honored to have a piece in this incredible @tmagazine issue on the years 1981-83--photos, stories, oral histories: moving and so inspiring. Grab a copy while you can.
I think every creative or visually minded person has an era and a place that has influenced them profoundly, that they return to again and again for inspiration and insight. For me, that period was always the early 80s in NYC, and when I was interviewing to become EIC of @tmagazine , I knew that if I got this job, I would make an issue inspired by those years and this city. Not only was it the era of NYC's greatest creative generation, a time when all its New Yorkiness went global—hip hop, queer art, graffiti, local fashion (as embodied by Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Stephen Sprouse, Michael Kors, etc.), and more—the similarities between that time and this one are too hard to ignore, and make it newly resonant: a Republican president in the White House who'd embraced the Christian right; a growing chasm between rich and poor, many groups of people fighting for their full citizenry and full respect from their government. So in this Sunday's @nytimes (and online now), you'll find our tribute to New York City, 1981 through 1983: 36 Months That Changed the Culture. Our seven cover icons are, in alphabetical order: Jennifer Beals (@thejenniferbeals ); Dapper Dan (@dapperdanharlem ); Kim Gordon (@kimletgordon ); @CarolinaHerrera ; #LarryKramer ; #RunDMC (@revwon , @kingdmc ); and #DavidWojnarowicz . Beals, Dan, Gordon, Herrera, and Kramer were shot by Craig McDean (@craigmcdeanstudio ) and lovingly styled by Mel Ottenberg (@melzy917 ). Run-DMC was shot by Gary M. Green (@garygreenphotography ). Wojnarowicz was shot by #PeterHujar (this is a never-printed image from a contact sheet) and appears thanks to The Peter Hujar Archive LLC, Pace MacGill Gallery, NYC, and The Fraenkel Gallery, SF. One of these issues will be in your @nytimes this Sunday AT RANDOM: If you have a particular cover you want, I suggest contacting @casamagazinesnyc or the magazine shop on the corner of Sullivan and Prince in Manhattan, who always have overstock of these issues. #tmagazine #T80sNYC - 57 minutes ago