You might remember a quick post from 2013 wherein I showcased a photo of Iggy Pop on Houston Street circa 1984. That shot was taken by the late Ken Regan, a great rock photographer who passed away from cancer in 2012. In any case, stumbled upon another great photo of Mr. Pop taken by Mr. Regan, quite possibly shot on the same day. This is it.
Granted, it’s pretty hard to take a boring photo of Iggy, but this one spoke to me because of its location. If my calculations are correct (and this is the veritable QUINTESSENCE of goddamn trivia), Iggy is depicted facing east against the backdrop of the Washington Square Village superblock (which would possibly put him in 231 Mercer Street, but that’s just a guess). By the same token, given the uniformity of the two sides of Washington Square Village, he *could* be on the other side, facing east against the backdrop of LaGuardia Street. I’m leaning towards the former, though.
Sadly, Mr. Regan isn’t here to shed light on such geographical nuances. Visit more of his work here.
Meanwhile, here’s Iggy a couple of years after this picture was taken, performing only a few blocks to the northwest at the old Ritz (now Webster Hall) on East 11th between Fourth and Third Avenue.