August – September 2002

Hangin’ out with Ryan Adams. I’ve gotten to know Ryan over the last year, and this summer spent several nights going to events in New York with him. We also shot a session for his new publicity photos. On this page see shots from our photo session and the MTV Music Video Awards after show party as well as the opening of Ryan’s exhibition of his paintings at Niagara.

Aug 15 - Ryan and I spent some time checking out the NY nite life this summer. We had talked for a while about doing a photo session together, and we planned to shoot on a Friday. The night before we saw a great show by Oasis at the Beacon Theatre and though Ryan looked good at 3AM (above), the next day he wanted to postpone the shoot till after the weekend!

Aug 15 – Ryan and I spent some time checking out the NY nite life this summer. We had talked for a while about doing a photo session together, and we planned to shoot on a Friday. The night before we saw a great show by Oasis at the Beacon Theatre and though Ryan looked good at 3AM (above), the next day he wanted to postpone the shoot till after the weekend!

Ryan Adams out at a bar in NYC. August 15, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Aug 19 - On Monday, Aug 19th, we got together in the early evening for our photo session. His record company, Lost Highway, wanted a variety of shots, including in my studio and in a recording studio to promote his new album, "Demolition". We started outside my studio, went to Electric Lady studio on 8th Street, and then back to my studio. As you can see, the pictures came out great.

Ryan Adams, NYC - 2002
Aug 19 - On Monday, Aug 19th, we got together in the early evening for our photo session. His record company, Lost Highway, wanted a variety of shots, including in my studio and in a recording studio to promote his new album, "Demolition". We started outside my studio, went to Electric Lady studio on 8th Street, and then back to my studio. As you can see, the pictures came out great.
Aug 19 – On Monday, Aug 19th, we got together in the early evening for our photo session. His record company, Lost Highway, wanted a variety of shots, including in my studio and in a recording studio to promote his new album, “Demolition”. We started outside my studio, went to Electric Lady studio on 8th Street, and then back to my studio. As you can see, the pictures came out great.

Ryan Adams posing outside of Westbeth Studios, NYC. August 19, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At Electric Lady Studio, Ryan made friends with the studio's pet cat, Jimi. This shot was published the next week in Rolling Stone Magazine.

At Electric Lady Studio, Ryan made friends with the studio’s pet cat, Jimi. This shot was published the next week in Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ryan Adams and Jimi the cat at Electric Ladyland Studios, NYC. August 19, 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-291

We took a series of photos in the colorful Electric Lady Studios, and a big "thanks" to Electric Mary for letting us use the place Jimi Hendrix built.

We took a series of photos in the colorful Electric Lady Studios, and a big “thanks” to Electric Mary for letting us use the place Jimi Hendrix built.

Ryan Adams posing at Electric Lady Studio, NYC. August 19, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Back at my studio, with a little help from my stylist, Amy Lasch, Ryan cleans up well for some more formal shots.

Back at my studio, with a little help from my stylist, Amy Lasch, Ryan cleans up well for some more formal shots.

Ryan Adams posing at Westbeth Studios, NYC. August 19, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Ryan's passion comes through in his music and I wanted to capture that in the images I made for him.

Ryan’s passion comes through in his music and I wanted to capture that in the images I made for him.

Ryan Adams posing at Westbeth Studios, NYC. August 19, 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-290

Aug 29 - A week later, we ran into Ryan at the Fader Magazine party after the MTV Music Video Awards show. He was with Craig Nicholls, singer from the Vines and Kelly Osbourne.

Aug 29 – A week later, we ran into Ryan at the Fader Magazine party after the MTV Music Video Awards show. He was with Craig Nicholls, singer from the Vines and Kelly Osbourne.

(L-R) Kelly Osbourne, Craig Nicholls of The Vines and Ryan Adams during Fader's MTV Music Video Awards after party, NYC. August 29, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After a quick ride in Kelly's van, we got into more serious partying at the Niagara bar. More stars from the MTV awards show came, like Meg White, with Ryan and Kelly above.

After a quick ride in Kelly’s van, we got into more serious partying at the Niagara bar. More stars from the MTV awards show came, like Meg White, with Ryan and Kelly above.

(L-R) Meg White of The White Stripes, Ryan Adams and Kelly Osbourne at Niagara Bar, NYC. August 29, 2002. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: C-292

Aug 30 - Sometime very late that same night we went back to Ryan's apartment. Above, my wife Elizabeth listens as he plays some of his new songs.

Aug 30 – Sometime very late that same night we went back to Ryan’s apartment. Above, my wife Elizabeth listens as he plays some of his new songs.

Ryan Adams and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen at Ryan's apartment in NYC. August 30, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Around dawn, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes arrived to chill for awhile. It was after 8AM by the time we left.

Around dawn, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes arrived to chill for awhile. It was after 8AM by the time we left.

Ryan Adams with Julian Casablancas of The Strokes at Ryan's apartment in NYC. August 30, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sept 4 - Less than a week later, Ryan had a party for the opening of a show of his paintings at Niagara, Ave A and 7th Street. Marianne Faithfull came to the party, and Ryan showed off his work. The night before she had added some vocals to a track on a new album Ryan was recording.

Ryan Adams & Marianne Faithfull, NYC - 2002
Sept 4 - Less than a week later, Ryan had a party for the opening of a show of his paintings at Niagara, Ave A and 7th Street. Marianne Faithfull came to the party, and Ryan showed off his work. The night before she had added some vocals to a track on a new album Ryan was recording.
Sept 4 – Less than a week later, Ryan had a party for the opening of a show of his paintings at Niagara, Ave A and 7th Street. Marianne Faithfull came to the party, and Ryan showed off his work. The night before she had added some vocals to a track on a new album Ryan was recording.

Ryan Adams and Marianne Faithfull during Ryan's exhibit at Niagara, NYC. September 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Marianne and Ryan were joined by Rufus Wainwright & Melissa Auf Der Mar for a chat about painting and art.

Marianne and Ryan were joined by Rufus Wainwright & Melissa Auf Der Mar for a chat about painting and art.

(L-R) Marianne Faithfull, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright and Melissa Auf der Maur during Ryan's exhibit at Niagara, NYC. September 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Ryan takes a moment to thank Niagara owner Jesse Malin for the opening and says "hi" to record exec Danny Goldberg. Jesse's new album, which was produced by Ryan, will be released on Danny's Artemis Records lable in January.

Ryan takes a moment to thank Niagara owner Jesse Malin for the opening and says “hi” to record exec Danny Goldberg. Jesse’s new album, which was produced by Ryan, will be released on Danny’s Artemis Records lable in January.

(L-R) Ryan Adams, Jesse Malin and Danny Goldberg during Ryan's exhibit at Niagara, NYC. September 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Ryan's manager Frank Callari looks like he's giving Ryan a kiss, but he's probably reminding him that he still has to go back to the studio to finish his new recording.

Ryan’s manager Frank Callari looks like he’s giving Ryan a kiss, but he’s probably reminding him that he still has to go back to the studio to finish his new recording.

Ryan Adams and Frank Callari during Ryan's exhibit at Niagara, NYC. September 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

And what does Ryan do after weeks of partying and a long night at his art opening? He goes back to a studio at 2AM to finish his new recording project!

And what does Ryan do after weeks of partying and a long night at his art opening? He goes back to a studio at 2AM to finish his new recording project!

Ryan Adams at Electric Lady Studio, NYC. September 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Ryan's pretty busy these days, but he still finds time to give a hug of thanks to Leona Naess for her support.

Ryan’s pretty busy these days, but he still finds time to give a hug of thanks to Leona Naess for her support.

Ryan Adams and Leona Naess at Electric Lady Studio, NYC. September 4, 2002. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com