Moby has released some of the best selling electronica albums of all time and worked with, among others, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Brian Eno, New Order, and Public Enemy. Yet, when we visited his NYC studio, we learned that he is as much part of the art world as the music world. Painters Damian Loeb and Will Cotton are among his close friends, and both encouraged him to show his photography publicly. Destroyed, his tenth album, coincides with the release of a book of photographs and an exhibition at Clic Gallery.
Moby has been a photographer for as long as he has been a musician. He grew up with a family of artists, where politics and semiotics were standard dinner conversation, and started out in the darkroom before switching to a digital camera for touring. The photographs form a tight body of work that oscillates between the emptiness of 3:00 a.m. in-between spaces and the sudden roar of crowds. Each photograph is named for the city where it was taken, though they form an indistinguishable landscape viewed from hotel rooms, airplane windows, and stages.