"I shot this flickeronie in the girl's bathroom of Club MK. NYC. 1989. I literally shot
snapped this during my busboy shift. I'm busing picking up bottles and glasses in
the bathroom and I hear the door open behind me and Cindy Crawford is standing
there fixing her collar. I said ""you mind if I get a quick flick?"" she said ""yea.""
So I had my Minolta auto jammy in my back pocket. She was giving me the
googly eye, but I was working, you know?
She went out and there were a million people taking photos with all this press
around her. Right after that she got introduced to John Casablanca, the founder
of Elite Model agency. She was in her 20s I think, but she was already getting
kinda big and she was dating Richard Gere at that time I think." - Ricky Powell
ABOUT Ricky Powell:
Born and raised in New York City, Ricky Powell is a legendary photographer who specializes in the environmental portrait. He graduated with an AA in Liberal Arts from LaGuardia Community College and a B.S. in Physical Education from Hunter College. Though Powell initially rose to fame because of his relationship with the Beastie Boys, he is well-known for his intimate photographs that have been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, The Village Voice, TIME, Newsweek, VIBE, The Source, Rolling Stone, and more.
Born in 1961, Powell’s photographs focus on the organic New Yorker. His photographs simultaneously convey intimacy and detachment, as they provide a unique lens through which the viewer can analyze the mundane. Powell considers the relationship between the photographer and the photograph to be “a chemical connection of some sort”. The connection between Powell and his camera is only further stimulated by Greenwich Village, where he currently resides. As the intrinsic qualities of the photograph have changed since Powell began capturing his moments, so have the subjects; he is now more likely to “photograph strangers in his Greenwich Village neighborhood than multi-platinum hip-hop acts and Downtown art stars.”