Milk Gallery Presents 'Brad Elterman: Dog Dance'
You can practically smell the cigarettes and the booze wafting up from a Brad Elterman photograph. Even his recent photos look like they’re from the wild, coked-up ’70s in which he made his mark as a teenage rock ‘n roll photographer who partied with Joan Jett, rolled with The Ramones and occasionally bluffed his way into exclusive Hawaii sail boat shoots with Peter Frampton.
On Wednesday, April 23, Milk Gallery will bring the party to 450 West 15th street with Dog Dance, a collection of Brad’s iconic work that effortlessly captures the gritty glamour of the late ’70s and early ’80s that’s so often imitated today. Brad was friends with everyone who was anyone and those he wasn’t close with, he’d find them at a party and shoot them anyway. Those were the days when rock stars didn’t care about public relations or crafting a brand. When Brad was around, Steve Jones would grab his crotch in an LA apartment building pool shortly after the break up of the Sex Pistols, and Bob Dylan would show off his new friend, some nobody actor named Robert DeNiro.
We didn’t all get to live through the ’70s, but from April 23 through May 18, we can get the next best thing from the man who lived and captured it all.
Photography by Brad Elterman