Intimate – Michael Stipe ‘Vol.1’

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Longtime hero of Balans Soho Society, Michael Stipe, lead singer with REM, musician, artist, enigma, iconoclast, has constantly blurred the lines of traditional binaries, remaining as relevant and as interesting as he first appeared on the release of ‘Radio Free Europe in 1982. Not an easy task after 37 years.

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He’s now released the first in what is promised to be a series of publications focused on his multifaceted approach to art, what he collects and how he creates. In ‘Volume 1’, he has assembled a series of carefully curated images, revealing him as both photographer and subject, centred around his unconventional and deeply personal understanding of what queerness means and how it relates to American history and popular culture.

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All images by Michael Stipe.

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