“Once said of my work, that I have the uncanny ability to make famous people look anonymous and anonymous people look famous.” – Gerard Malanga
Gerard Malanga has shot some of the most iconic images in the world of art, music and literature. His photographs of Mick Jagger, William S. Burroughs, and a naked Iggy Pop are highly viewed several decades later.
Gerard started taking pictures of the New York train system as a 12-year old. He picked up photography again while working with Andy Warhol in the Silver Factory in the mid-1960s. What followed was an extensive body of photographic work.
He captured remarkable photographs of the legendary cultural, artistic, literary, and musical personalities of our time, including: Robert Mapplethorpe, Jasper Johns, George Plimpton, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Abbie Hoffman, Candy Darling, Allen Ginsberg, Roman Polanski, William Burroughs and many more. Many of these people were friends of Malanga, and as a result the portraits display an unparalleled intimacy. Malanga’s keen photographic eye and acute sensibility comes alive in a style that is revealing and never artificial.
Other subjects that have been caught by Malanga’s lens are nudes, scenic shots of the Berkshires, New York cityscapes, the Third Avenue El, and a vast postcard collection of 20th-century ocean liners.
Mick Jagger, Frankfurt, Germany, 1971