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photo: Maureen Gosling


decisive moments
born and reared in east texas bayou country
kissed by elvis as a teen
my rock & roll fate was sealed
first used a 35 mm camera the day of the first moonwalk
i always liked to look
moved to macdougal street nyc 10.75
saw nureyev dance and patti and lenny do piss factory
first assignment for the village voice: alex chilton 2.22.77
walked in cold off the street, didn't know a soul and never showed a book
call me lucky
east village streets ragged and still at dawn  

last night's guitar roar humming in my ears
SC from Blank Generation Revisited


"Chernikowski's images... appear almost to burn straight through the gallery wall from someplace dimly lit and raw and very, very hip."
–-Harvest Henderson A&E September 25, 1997 Art Review of "Blank Generation Revisited" exhibition
at Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Macalester College St. Paul, MN.

Stephanie Chernikowski moved to New York City from her native Texas on Columbus Day of 1975. She began working as a photojournalist shortly before her move and has continued to view life through a lens. Her concentration has been on 35mm black & white portraiture and documentation of the downtown music and arts scene, with occasional digressions.

In 1996, 2.13.61 Publications released "Dream Baby Dream: Images from the Blank Generation, a documentary film in stills," her record of the punk years in New York City. Critically acclaimed it was nominated for a Firecracker Award (the ABA's Independent Press category) for the outstanding art/photography book of the year. The following year she was project coordinator of and a contributor to Blank Generation Revisited: the Early Years of Punk Rock, published by Schirmer Books/Simon & Schuster in which six of the era's leading photographers presented photo essays on the period drawn from their contributions to a long-running traveling show.

Chernikowski's images have been commissioned and included in cds by such diverse artists as R.E.M., Henry Rollins, the Ramones and Joey Ramone, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Gary Stewart, Delbert McClinton, Elvis Costello, Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion, Daniel Lanois, Alex Chilton, The dB's, Alan Vega, The Cramps, Roky Erickson, Richard Hell, Richard Lloyd, Eric Ambel, Coyote Shivers, Laura Cantrell, Will Rigby, and Amy Rigby. as well as Sony Music, Rhino Records, Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Records; and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Her photojournalism has appeared in numerous publications, books, films, and videos around the world, some of which include The Village Voice, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, New York Daily News, Tokion, the Journal of Country Music; New Music Express, Melody Maker, Mojo (UK). It is included in films: Rock & Roll High School, Burning Down the House, and Blank Ciity: and videos aired by BBC, A&E, VH1, and PBS. Books include CBGB & OMFUG (Abrams); Max’s Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll edited by Steven Kasher (Abrams); Punk 365 (Abrahms); No Wave: Post Punk. Underground.New York. 1976-1980 (Abrams Image); The Portable Henry Rollins (Villard); Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, How the West Was Worn, American Roots Music (Abrahms); PUNK (Cassell, UK, Thunder’s Mouth, US); Please Kill Me (Grove), Rolling Stone Book of Decades (Chronicle); Trouble Girls: Women in Rock (Rolling Stone/Random House); Rolling Stone Book of Life and Rolling Stone Book of Rock (Rolling Stone/Running Press); R.E.M./Fiction (Virgin Books); The R.E.M. Companion (Schirmer Books/Simon & Schuster), High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max’s Kansas City (Thunder’s Mouth); You’re So Cold I’m Turning Blue (Viking Penguin); Country Music Encyclopedia, Illustrated History of Country Music (Times Books/Random House).

As the work has acquired historical significance, demand has increasingly moved to galleries. Chernikowski's solo shows have included "The Photography of Stephanie Chernikowski: Images from the Blank Generation" at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Bowery, NYC; "The Possessed: Portraits of Artist" at Pratt Institute Photography Gallery; "Rough Magic: Punks NYC 1970s," at Great Modern Pictures, NYC and Maxwell's, Hoboken; "On the Bowery" at BLVD, NYC; and "Late Night Reruns and Coming Attractions," Congo Bill/Danceteria, NYC. She curated a show, "The Outlaws, photographs of the Counter Culture," with fellow Village Voice photographer Fred McDarrah at the Shooting Gallery in Los Angeles. Some of the group shows in which her work has appeared are "Looking at Music: Side 2" at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955-present (Knopf); “bande à part” New York Underground 60’s, 70’s, 80’s at galerie du jour agnès b Pari.s and Clic Soho NYC; "Blank Generation Revisited," Earl McGrath Gallery and CBs 313 Gallery, NYC, Stichting Melkweg, Amsterdam, Lubbock or Leave It, Austin TX ; Janet Wallace Fine Arts C, St. Paul, MN; "The Cool & the Crazy," Earl McGrath Gallery, NYC, Candace Perich Gallery, Ridgefield CT, Govinda Gallery, Washington DC; "Ascent of Western Civilization", Threadwaxing Space, NYC; "The Last Party: a history of nightlife," Serge Sorrokko Gallery, New York & San Francisco; "Texas Photography & Texas Music Photographers," New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music"; "Angels: from Cherubim & Seraphim & Lucifer's Children,"Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam; "Man and Peace, Third International Photo Exhibition", traveling USSR; The Village Voice group show, Overseas Press Club, NYC. After the World Trade Center attack, she participated in Here is New York, whose archives have been donated to the New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the Smithsonian.

Chernikowski is also a published writer on lifestyle and popular culture for books and periodicals, most notably for The Village Voice, where her work was accompanied by her photographs.



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