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Goodbye, Roseland

03 Mar 2015, Posted by Amy V. Cooper in News, Photography

I was really sad to find photos of the Roseland Ballroom demolition today. I have so many memories of that venue. I saw my first NYC concert there – Jeff Buckley, I think it was 1995.

The Fiona Apple incident.

Iggy Pop.

Marilyn Manson.

I photographed dozens of live shows in the Roseland pit. I will not miss that pit, though. The stage was taller than I,  many a crotch were documented…

 

© Amy V. Cooper 2002 NO Doubt Roseland Ballroom Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani with No Doubt, April 17, 2002

Marilyn Manson Roseland Ballroom 10/22/2003

Marilyn Manson, October 22, 2003

Velvet Revolver live 5.26.04 Roseland Ballroom

Scott Weiland with Velvet Revolver, May 26, 2004

 

Band of Brothers

28 Feb 2015, Posted by Amy V. Cooper in Art, Photography

In 1996 (shortly before I left for New York) I photographed Four Square. These friends, all brothers, made up a melodic-punk/hardcore band in Baton Rouge.

This film was hidden in a box for almost 20 years without being given its due. I’m mesmerized by the detail in the dirt under the fingernails, the guitar string ends, the splintered drumsticks.

Foursquare (Hadden Brothers) June 1996 Baton Rouge, LA - Nathan

Foursquare (Hadden Brothers) June 1996 Baton Rouge, LA - Bird (Matt)

Foursquare (Hadden Brothers) June 1996 Baton Rouge, LA - Jared

Foursquare (Hadden Brothers) June 1996 Baton Rouge, LA - Bird (Matt)

Foursquare (Hadden Brothers) June 1996 Baton Rouge, LA - Nathan

Foursquare (Hadden Brothers) June 1996 Baton Rouge, LA - Bird

Many thanks to the Haddens.

 

 

Kate, 1999

17 Aug 2014, Posted by Amy V. Cooper in Girlfriends, Photography

Amy V. Cooper Girlfriends Project

Every Tuesday night I would head down to SoHo to meet Kate. If I was running early I would stop in to Patricia Field for something glittery or violent looking, this was before they moved to the Bowery. We would meet on Thompson and hike up three flights of stairs to her oddly short apartment, Kate no doubt dragging several shopping bags of things she would likely return the next day.

Kate and I would sit in her kitchen and talk about work, whomever we were dating, Gucci bags, and art. We would order salads from Spring Street Natural on a good day, or mac and cheese if it was a bad day, and watch Gossip Girl.

Eventually Kate got engaged, as did Blair and Chuck. It broke my heart and I moved to Texas.

Xoxo,

Amy

P.S. You can see more from my Girlfriends project here.

Melanie, 1995

06 Jul 2014, Posted by Amy V. Cooper in Art, Girlfriends, Photography

Amy V. Cooper Girlfriends Project

The 1990s. Black and floral Betsey Johnson dresses. Innocence completely lost. Perfectly lined cat eyes. Bats, cats, combat boots. Cigarettes. Really cheap wine and perfect lips. I really regret not having taken a million more photos of Melanie but she disappeared soon after I got my first camera.

See more from my Girlfriends project here.

Laura Ann, 2009

20 Mar 2014, Posted by Amy V. Cooper in Girlfriends, Photography

Girlfriends Project

I hadn’t thought too much of this frame when I first shot it in 2009.  After taking a second look during my Girlfriends edit, this image became one of my favorites and the first one I printed for myself. Laura said she thought this shoot may have helped her land a role in a vampire move. Mission accomplished.

You can see my Girlfriends project here. Stick around for more b-sides.

Highlights from the 2014 Texas Photo Roundup

15 Mar 2014, Posted by Amy V. Cooper in News

You can read my review of the great social media panel I attended at the 2014 Texas Photo Roundup over here.

During Roundup week I also attended my first Slideluck Potshow in Austin featuring a lot of documentary work. One particular video about an Iraq war veteran and his family by Kelly West was very emotional for me, you can watch it on Vimeo here.

On a lighter note, Amy Stevens’ project, Confections, was a hilarious, wedding-cake-inspiring and much needed comic relief.

I also attended the Larry Fink lecture hosted by Austin Center for Photography. More on that over on my Facebook page. If you are not already a member of ACP, I highly recommend it, every event that they host is fantastic. Their next Icons of Photography lecture is Martin Parr on June 24th.

Congrats to the Roundup crew on another great year in Texas.