legend city studios

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Keith Haring photographed by Jeannette Montgomery Barron, 1985.

“This was taken in Keith’s studio on lower Broadway. Every single inch of his walls was covered with drawings. I really didn’t have to do anything - Keith just went through his poses while I snapped the shutter. ”

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Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Jeannette Montgomery Barron, 1984.

“I was in Basquiat’s studio several times and can affirm that he did indeed paint in designer suits. He was always nice to me and I would see him out at parties some nights. This photo was taken early one evening in his studio. Jean-Michel was very quiet, almost edgy. Then the door rang and a few guys came in and they went off to another room for a few minutes. Jean-Michel’s mood improved afterwards.

Why in the world didn’t I buy one of his paintings?”

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Keith Haring photographed by Janette Beckman, 1985.

“In 1985 I was working for the New York Daily News magazine when they asked me to shoot Keith Haring for a cover  story – I was already a big fan, I knew Keith’s work from the subway and my friend Kim (Paper mag) who’s home phone was decorated by Keith. So one afternoon I went to his studio on LaGuardia place. It was  was packed with paintings, and things Keith had covered in his signature style. There were tags from friends all over the walls, art from the likes of Warhol, paint pots, a Mickey Mouse phone, his bike, a decorated boom box, stuff everywhere.  He was a lovely man, he posed for me and we chatted all afternoon. He gave me a massive ‘Free South Africa’ signed poster which I treasure, it hangs over my desk today.”