Drew Carolan

Drew Carolan (b. 1956, New York City) | Photographer, Filmmaker and Author

Drew lives and works in Los Angeles. He began photographing his surroundings where he grew up in New York City in the 1970’s. His love for music attracted him to clubs in the neighborhood where he photographed jazz, blues and the burgeoning underground music scene — clubs like CBGB, Danceteria and the Ritz were his playground. 

 Professional Background: 

In the early 1980’s Drew apprenticed with several top photographers including Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon and Bruce Weber before starting his own photography business and soon made a transition into directing music videos.


CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-HopThe Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, International Center of Photography in New York City, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle. 

The Real Thing: London Collage of Fashion.  

Style In Revolt: T-10/ SKP-S in Beijing.

Drew’s photography is also in the permanent collection of the Design Museum of London and has had gallery exhibitions in Paris and extensively in New York and California. 


His photographs have appeared in the pages of ROLLING STONE, SPIN, INTERVIEW, NEW YORK TIMES, LA TIMES, VOGUE, GQ and numerous international magazines and books. 

Additionally, he has directed award winning music videos for groups like LIVING COLOUR, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, B-52’s ZIGGY MARLEY, HEAVY D, GEORGE BENSON, URGE OVERKILL, DINOSAUR Jr,. among many others.

Drew Carolan Collections at FATHOM: MATINEE All Ages On The Bowery | Fusion | American Mosaic 


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