From Russell Dean Stone’s story for Vice Magazine:
Photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron moved from Atlanta to New York in 1979. After graduating from the International Center of Photography and armed with her Hasselblad 2¼, she set about capturing New York’s art scene, fascinated with the energy of the individuals—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol, William S. Burroughs, Bianca Jagger, Willem Dafoe—who came to define the period.
“I wasn’t really going to tons of parties, though,” she says. “My goal was just to get the picture. I really wanted to record these people, it was like a game to me.”