Robert Funk, ‘Nude and the Gang’, 1976, Robert Funk Fine Art

Shooting in the South Bronx in 1976, was running the gauntlet of an apocalyptic landscape of blown-out buildings, drug dealers, muggers and murders. Cleared of the danger areas, it was easy to discover pockets of warm and friendly people. Here I have a group of young locals, mugging it up in front of my hand-held nude 50's pinup with hand-colored nipples and lips. This is a very early example of staged photography. Moreover, it's a street portrait with a complex composition of faces that renders intriguing positive and negative spaces.

Signature: Signed, numbered and dated on verso, 2/15 printed later, unframed

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