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Julia Gorton is one of the great photographers who captured and documented the New York music scene of the late 70s and early 80s with Punk, New Wave and No Wave artists thriving in an amazing simultaneous world.  We discuss the music scene, fellow photographers, and much more.  Julia’s recent (and fantastic) book Nowhere New York is available directly from her and she loves to autograph copies when she sends them!

In addition to teaching design at the Parson’s School of Design,  Gorton is a designer, illustrator, photographer and collaborator. She started her career as a photographer and visual editor of Beat It! a no wave music fanzine (Reprinting soon!), landed her first job as an editorial designer at National Lampoon, worked freelance at Condé ­Nast and art directed at Fairchild Publications.  As an illustrator, Julia has over 20 children’s books to her name with various publishing houses including Scholastic, Abrams, Simon and Shuster and Hyperion Books for Children.  She is currently the Director of Graphic Design and Printmaking, and has been a member of the Communication Design faculty for over 20 years and was recently recognized as one of 15 Notable Art Professors in New York City by The Art Career Project.

Julia had work in MoMa’s Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 show, her photography has appeared in NY Rocker, No Magazine, The New York Times, Vice/Garage, Dazed, I-D and on record jackets for labels Ork Records, Lust/Unlust and Ze Records.  Her photography appears in No Wave: Post-Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980, Untypical Girls and Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-Present.

Julia’s Suggested Reading List: Girl to City: A Memoir; Maybe the People Would Be the Times; The Mudd Club; I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going; Everything is Combustible; I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp; A Book of Days; A Tale of Two Cities Disco Era Bushwick

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