Lou Reed / Velvet Underground
May 1993, New York City When VU reformed in May 1993 I travelled to New York to photograph them. John Cale was snidey about Lou's lateness and the man himself was as to be expected, not rude but not exactly overjoyed to be stuck in front of a camera once again. After some fairly pedestrian studio shots I suggested we use the classic New York metal fire escape as a final location. This involved a minor climb out of a window to the location you can see in this image. After we finished and re-entered the building PR Girl came and whispered sotto voce in my ear, "Oh my God, you did sooooo amazing." "What do you mean?" I replied, genuinely perplexed. "You got Lou on that fire escape." Well you gotta try sometimes, haven't you!