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Photographer Joseph Cultice: 'You have everything you need'

11/18/2012 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Joseph Cultice is a pop-star photographer whose love of the rock and roll lifestyle is apparent in his iconic images. “You know, the one of Marilyn Manson sans penis with boobs? I had something to do with that," says Cultice, whose first-person narrated account of his career in this video is at once a big kid still charged from the thrill of shooting the Meat Puppets (his first big break) and also a frustrated commercial artist ready to regain the creative control he once exercised before the industry became more formulaic.

In his 20-year career, the 2001 Art Director's Club Young Guns winner has photographed Marilyn Manson, Bjork, Beck, Patti Smith, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzie Osbourne, and many more for publications including Vogue and Rolling Stone.

But four years ago, he and his family moved from New York to LA, where he sought a transition into more personal projects. He cites as pivotal the moment when he discovered street artist Deedee Cheriel's poster of a person with a bear head and the text, "You have everything you need."

The outcome is a series of severely personal photographs that he calls The Garden, dramatically documenting Cultice's family life. "I can no longer hide behind a pop star's image to express myself. I love being exposed."

Cultice's debut gallery show is presented at Baang + Burne gallery in Chelsea, New York City.
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"You Have Everything You Need" Poster by Deedee Cheriel