It was the year 1976 when American photographer Gary Green immersed himself in New York City's burgeoning downtown music scene. By day, he was a photographer's assistant but at night, he hit the clubs to document some of the decade's most iconic musicians and figures partying late into the early hours.
We're talking Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Joey Ramone, Richard Hell, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and Debbie Harry, as well as those on the scene who witnessed musical history being made – it was the height of punk, although they wouldn't have known it at the time.
Brought together in a new book by Stanley/Barker, When Midnight Comes Around, it gives us a unique insight into an era that would come to have a huge impact on music and culture. "I photographed the art and music scene in New York City for about 10 years, beginning with the club scene at Max's Kansas City and CBGB," Gary says of his series. He later focused on portraits during the 1980s but this collection shows the foundation of his work.
In an interview with Urbanautica, he said: "I would work by day, go at night to photograph people and hear music, and then return to the studio, where I would process film and print late into the night before beginning another day. My craft grew quite a bit at this time."
Today, Gary Green is Associate Professor of Art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His new book, When Midnight Comes Around, is published by Stanley/Barker.