Raw NYC

Inside the Polaroid-dominated tome, Bertoglio gives a rare glimpse of candid moments with some of the period’s biggest names juxtaposed with stills of the nameless faces of the period’s nitty-gritty. This was a time of underground raves and when a prevalence of drugs created a frightening sense of community among struggling artists.

This was also the time when the country was introduced to some of those artists by the phrase:

Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!,”

Let the raw memories begin:

Polaroids Mama’s Bed, New York, 1984.Polaroids Kate, New York, 1977. Polaroids Ramona, New York, 1977. Polaroids Modern Sunglasses, New York, 1977. Polaroids Louise and Debi, New York, 1983. Polaroids Soapy Maripol, New York, 1979. Polaroids Dominique and Nina, New York, 1976. Polaroids Blouson de Cuir, New York, 1979 Polaroids Sandy and Sandro, New York, 1983. Polaroids Red Shoes, New York, 1979. Polaroids Boy and Dominique, New York, 1979. Polaroids Girls Next Door, New York, 1981. Polaroids Andy’s Big Shot, New York, 1978. Polaroids Trash Bag Bikini, New York, 1985. Polaroids Smoking Grace, New York, 1986. Polaroids Hedy, New York, 1978. Polaroids Debbie Outside a Bar, New York, 1979. Polaroids Lovey and Chica, New York, 1981

A huge Thank You to Refinery 29 for inspiring this post.


13 Comments on “Raw NYC”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Madonna looked swell. Love the picture of the naked woman with a man holding her foot up. Proper worshipping his lady x

    • dievca says:

      I think it was such an iconic time in NYC history….the craziness before AIDS. (I actually think he is taking her sock off — but I thought worship, initially, too) The colors in that Polaroid are amazing. 😉

  2. esther says:

    those times were so much more fun than now. xx

    • dievca says:

      Is that stated from being young and free, but now older and more responsible? Or was it the time, itself? NYC was pretty nasty at that time, too.

  3. Oh how I would love to be a time traveler! Funky times those were… xxx

  4. this is the nyc that lives on in everyone’s head…it’s why people travel there, it’s what we hope is revealed after the sun sets or what we imagine we will create if we are there and feel the city calling us…i think these scenes still exist, everywhere; but are waiting until xray vision allows us to look around and strip off proper attire at the office… it’s all playing around in our minds, perhaps waiting for a photographer and a private moment to ask if s/he may intrude on our truth…

    • dievca says:

      I like that thought that the scenes still exist — that means creativity is thriving in this World. It might be hidden, but it is there…one hopes.

  5. i have this post in my feed…I keep opening it and reading and re-reading and looking at the photos…so very provocative.


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