Gronk Nicandro, David 1978 from Mondo Gronk

“The images in Mondo Gronk were taken during the 70s and 80s. They are narrative, theatrical, cool, self-mythologizing, documentary and an off shoot of ASCO’s No-Movie sensibility. The problem is Gronk seems to have two or three strains, but did not seem to have pushed or developed in any direction or committed to any one direction. This is easy to explain; one, the photos here were not conceived as a book originally; also, photography is a small bridge for Gronk. In the mid 80s, he stopped taking photos and focused on painting…”

–from All the Movies Hidden Within Reality by Patricio Maya Solís

Ryan Herz, Ivar Theatre 1982

The Ivar Theatre in Hollywood was lewd and notorious in its day. It was described by its patrons as “a chamber of desperation, a mausoleum for souls – on and off the runway.” Ross MacLean, one time stage manager and spotlight operator for two years, says “It’s difficult to convey how bizarrely un-sexy and un-romantic the place was. A lot of the girls just danced around in street clothes, and took them off with about as much charm as someone undressing in a locker room.” Sunday was camera night, where for the cover charge the customers could take as many pictures as they liked.

Scot Sothern, Lowlife

“Cruising nighttime by-ways for an adrenaline high, I first patronized the marketplace of curbside prostitution on a prurient whim. I dove, head first, to the murky depths of sexual obsession and then resurfaced five years later, shell-shocked and without excuse. While there, trusty Nikon in hand, I snapped what I saw: full-frontal X-rated realities, fine-art documents, black and white, pathos and pizzazz.”

Wayne Onyshko

“In telling a story, the context is just as important as the subject.  The audience can witness the oppositions and differences: past and present; wealth and poverty; power and impotence. The idea is for the images to be more than mere information or emotion but the conversion of emotion into eloquence. Visceral and compelling elements come together to express the meaning of the scene. The result is not just a mirror of life but a factor added to that meaning.” Wayne lives and photographs in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada.