Hedi Slimane's New York Diary Part Two

Hedi Slimane's New York Diary Part Two

Presenting the second installment of Slimane's portfolio series dedicated to the city's unwavering artists and visionaries both old and young.

Presenting the second installment of Slimane's portfolio series dedicated to the city's unwavering artists and visionaries both old and young.

Photography: Hedi Slimane

Everyone has their own 
New York story. Whether 
you were born here or 
came in search of something 
more, the city that never 
sleeps has always welcomed 
those who dare to make 
their dreams a reality. In the 
second of a portfolio series 
photographed by Hedi Slimane, 
V pays homage to the artists, writers, and musicians who continue to keep the city’s 
heart beating. Part Two of the series can be found in V106 or purchased separately as a stand-alone edition, both of which are available here. Revisit Part One here.

Michael D'Addario of the Lemon Twigs

"It's a cool place. Having known it my whole life, it's hard to look at it objectively, but I always feel at home when I'm here."

Jonas Mekas

"I was brought to New York by the U.N. Refugee Organization on October 29th, 1949, on a U.S. Army shop as a displaced person, after a year in a forced labor camp in wartime Germany. My earliest memories are very schizoid. On the one hand, I was at the gates of Paradise, in the very center of a dream of freedom, the lights and excitement of Manhattan, but on the other, I was in the immigrant slums of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, trying to set my roots in a place that looked to me more like a Purgatorio than Paradise."

Brian D'Addario of the Lemon Twigs

"I remember going to the Upper West Side the night before the Thanksgiving Day Parade and seeing people blowing up the gigantic balloons, and I thought to myself, This is New York, baby."

John Eatherly of Public Access TV

"As a teenager I was ridiculously obsessed with music that all came from New York. I made the move as soon as I was 18, coming from the middle of nowhere in Tennessee in 2008. New York has attracted so may great minds that I look up to. I think it's because there's not much looking back in this city and everything is always moving forward. There's so much to explore right outside your door and it's full of surprises. I plan to stay and move accordingly."

Joseph Matick and Carly Russ of Girlyboi

"I see a homeless dude pee on the L train every night. And I see a stranger do something incredibly nice every day. that's very New York, I think. Mostly gross, but occasionally charming."

Robert Longo

"I guess my golden era of New York would be when I no longer had to have a shitty job to support my practice. Around 1979, I stopped driving a taxi and had enough money to pay for my rent, some food, and my art materials. At the time, the downtown scene was totally artistically integrated. Artists played in bands, made films, executed performance art pieces. It was an exciting time in music, cinema, and art. It was the changing of the guard: a new generation was taking over."

Nick Zinner

"New York is still the only place in the world where I feel sane, despite the ever-changing state. it's the place that both inspires and disappoints, the place with the most ghosts on every corner, the place where anything can change tomorrow."

Edmund White

"My earliest memory of New York was staying on the Upper West Side and waking up to find what we called a 'troll' standing in my doorway. Now that I am a troll, I don't know why I was so standoffish."

Katie Von Schleicher

"As a kid, my parents took me to see the Rockettes. My earliest memory is being inside Radio City seeing these beautiful, leggy women smile indefatigably. I could pretty much hang all my dreams on how happy they looked."

Conor Backman

“The city often feels like an intense projection and magnification of how I’m feeling. It can be incredibly exciting and wonderful, or unnecessarily harsh. At the moment, I’m feeling a lot of love for New York."

Alex Da Corte

“I recall going to NYC when I was younger because my dad worked in the city and we would visit during Christmastime. I remember thinking it was a lot like Gotham City. I had always wanted to live in the movie Batman Returns, so visiting New York every winter was the next best thing.”

Gary Indiana

“New York is a cloaca of greedy energies with a scattering of light moments.”

Rob Pruitt

“New York has always been a place where I can freely be myself, even in my early 20s. I didn’t feel that I needed to hide my homosexuality form anyone—store clerks, whatever—and it’s always been that, but I have a renewed feeling of this now that we are entering this dismal Trump period. I feel it’s a bastion of people who care about civil liberties and are willing to defend them. And I’m happy it’s my home!”

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