Always a huge thrill to be included and The Party (this year November 6) is one of my very favorite not to be missed photo events of the year…
Hard to believe I am coming up on my 20th anniversary living in NYC this summer. And yes it was way way different back then. Not a Starbucks, a smartphone or a hipster beard to be found anywhere.
While I was busy still trying to differentiate between uptown, downtown and Alphabet City a young Tim Soter braved “pre-digital” New York sans GPS journeying out into the Soundlab subculture Jungle of electronic music and documenting the burgeoning 1995 scene jacked on T-Max 3200 and his trusted Canon EOS A2.
Well now some 19 years later the photographs are available in the printed matter courtesy Cafe Royal Books. ‘Electronic Music New York City 1995’ is available for purchase here for the absurdly low price of £5.00 plus shipping and handling. Please note that the edition is limited to 150 so get on it…
Book forward EXCERPT:
“Word of mouth and small, printed flyers left at record shops were how you found out about the next gathering. The clan you mingled with would have conversations about specific sounds found inside of tracks - you’d mimic the sound with your mouth as best you could and your friend’s smile would say, ‘I know what noise you’re talking about and it makes me feel the same way.’
The city was not so much a get-cool-quick competition as it was a playground for experimenting in hidden enclaves of barely explored territory. Unmarked clubs existed where there are now high-end boutiques. Many, maybe even most experiences went undocumented. There wasn’t a camera in every pocket — there was a subway token, a little weed and five dollars for the door. Maybe a friend would spot you a beer. Nothing was viral other than that cold you caught from sharing a blunt.”These photos were all taken in a time in 1995 where NYC was a vibrant “pre-digital” city. Subcultures and countercultures existed and thrived late at night in spaces that are now high end clothing boutiques. At many of these events I was often fortunate enough to be the only person with a recording device of any kind. Compare that to today, where it would be the complete opposite! Imagine everyone truly being in the moment, not looking to “tag in” or broadcast their location for some real-time cred. These events, early Jungle parties and Soundlab parties were some of the best times of my life. While I do like to discuss the large divide between the pre and post internet/cell phone era of NYC and how the city and underground culture changed radically, I look at these pictures and see just great times.
Just in case you didn’t RSVP for tonights screening of ‘Everybody Street' and were thinking you could waltz right in….
Thanks so much for your email and interest in the free screening of Everybody Street this coming Monday at 7pm at the SVA Theatre.Due to the overwhelming response we received this week, we unfortunately cannot guarantee a seat for every person who RSVPd.If you did RSVP and did not receive a confirmation, we recommend you arrive early as we’ll be letting guests in on a first come, first serve basis to any remaining seats.We are so grateful for the incredible interest in the film, and would like to offer you a 10% discount to purchase the film on Vimeo on Demand by using the code estreetdownload10. We hope you enjoy the film however you see it and please follow on social to hear about other upcoming NYC screenings.Cheers!Cheryl & the Everybody Street team
We are pleased to announce that TIME is hosting a free screening of Everybody Street at the SVA Theatre next Monday at 7pm.
Following the film will be a special Q&A with director Cheryl Dunn and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
RSVP at email@example.com
Not to be missed if you are in NYC next Monday night!!!!
Following last weeks debut of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon we have the new Late Night (later tonight) with host Seth Meyers. And whilst I have not yet had the pleasure of photographing Mr Meyers I did get to snap his new band leader Fred Armisen some time back for Maxim.
It was one of those fun shoots where Fred got to spend $500 of Maxims money however he chose. I seem to remember the purchasing of antiques, instruments and copious amounts of Momofuku Milk Bar treats amounted for most of the cash. I also read that Portlandia fans have nothing to fear as Fred’s new gig will not interfere with filming of future series. So there.
I am in the midst of a major website overhaul and update (ye yes my dears I know the excitement surrounding such a shiny new thing is palpable and whilst we don’t have a launch date set in stone it will be very very soon I promise) and came across this outtake from the shoot which will feature on the new site. How’s about that then for a sneak peak…
Here’s a quick teaser trailer for the upcoming ‘Asylum Of The Birds’ documentary about the lord of darkness himself Roger Ballen.
Directed by Ben Crossman, it documents a journey to the core of darkness as Ballen enters his unforgettable world as never seen on film before. It is timeless, psychologically powerful, and masterfully composed.
Complete film to be released on YouTube Monday, March 3…
Outtake I quite likey from my shoot for Billboard with new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Happy to see he made it through his debut last night with flying colors…
Hunting and guns aren’t my thing but experiencing different worlds, peoples and cultures is. Throw in a bit of photography, the chance of an adventure, trying something new and I am committed before you even hang up the email.
That was certainly the case when the great John Toolan over at Field and Stream contacted me last year to travel to Maine to work on a story about Snowshow Hare hunting. Sure I was more then game, the big niggle on this particular assignment being that I had never snowshoed in my life. Didn’t seem to bother John in the slightest but of course I had my own fears about letting the team down, getting left behind and being an embarrassment to my kind.
Turned out that I wasn’t the only snow shoe virgin on the trip as the writer T.Edward Nickens was also new to the endeavor being from the South and all. At least he was a skilled hunter of some repute mind so I was still a little hesitant although determined to master this new fangled mode of transportation.
We spent three days last March in and around Pine Grove Lodge in Bingham Maine. Up the crack of dawn each morning we went out on varying terrain, in varying conditions with various groups of hunters (dressed in various plaids as is the code up that way) and their dogs.
The dog of choice is the tiny Beagle. They track the hares for hours and hours running rings and rings around each other. The hares are a very smart lot and more often then not elude the dogs and the hunters. A hare can jump up to 15 feet in a single bound so their scent is hard to follow.
How the dogs got through the snow banks with their tiny legs is beyond me. It’s not like it wasn’t frigid on their paws for starters. But man they couldn’t of seemed happier. Chomping at the bit to get out and about. Their enthusiasm and commitment was astonishing. Just as touching was the bond between dog and handler. It was a joy to watch them go about their work and interact with each other.
It was certainly physically demanding and I was beyond exhausted at the end of each day. We covered endless miles in the snow through challenging terrain so it was tricky finding pictures at times. I worked solo without an assistant which was liberating in many ways on an assignment like this. One camera, one lens, one on camera flash was about all I could manage and keep dry (wah wah). It was very much a waiting game as much for me as it was for them. Patience and perseverance were key as always.
I thoroughly enjoyed it of course. The camera has given me access to the most amazing life experiences and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.
Bigs ups to JT, Eddie Nickens and all the hunters and their dogs…
February 2014 Reader’s Digest Magazine
photographer: Andrew Hetherington
RSS: assigning, production, styling, editing, on location art direction
Hey now Jammin’ Jimmy. @jimmyfallon @questlove and Jonathan Cohen shot by yours truly for this weeks @billboard magazine. On the news stands now… #billboard #jimmyfallon #questlove #jonathancohen #thetonightshow #thatsmycover #andrewhetheringtonphotography