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13th September 2022

The Punk Portraitist of New York’s Underground

Among the soon-to-be-famous artists in late 1970’s New York were some major talents with lesser profiles. Leatherdale was one. Often compared to Mapplethorpe, his portraits of New York’s demimonde attracted attention, including from a young Issey Miyake. While Mapplethorpe was happy to shock, Leatherdale was more restrained, documenting “the cosmopolitan netherworld of style … with an understanding and graceful precision”. More images are here.