The Soho Photographer closes up shop, shares rare shots from archive

See photos of work by Robert Longo, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other '80s art stars.

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  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

    Frank Gehry

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

    Duane Hanson

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

    Donald Judd

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    Robert Longo

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    Nam June Paik

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

    Jean-Michel Basquiat 

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

  • Photograph: D. James Dee

Photograph: D. James Dee

Since opening in 1974, D. James Dee's art-photography business, The Soho Photographer, has documented NYC's art scene, but come May 3, Dee's shop will be shutting down.


In his nearly four decades in business, Dee cataloged work by some of the biggest names in art, always keeping a backup copy. That archive—which numbers approximately 250,000 photographs—will be tossed out in July, unless Dee is able to find someone willing to adopt it. The photog currently lives above the shop, but will be skipping town in August to move to Miami, where he'll focus on his own personal photography. He kindly sent us some scans from the collection, a rare look at pieces by Frank Gehry, Robert Longo, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others.



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Charles O. Slavens
Charles O. Slavens

“It has value to someone,” Mr. Dee said last week. “Not to me.” Nuff said... rent a dumpster if that's all it means to you.