The first time I met Nikola Tamindzic and saw his work was back in 2013 when curator Daine Coppola and I asked him to join a group exhibition we produced at REVERSE space. Tamindzic’s sensibility struck me like a fist in the chest. Since that show, he and I have produced work for both print and digital projects. Working with him is always an adventure, and I’m constantly moved by his ability to harness raw sexual energy and channel it in a direction that is both innocent and playful. Fucking New York is beautiful. It is something of a love letter to gritty streets and late nights of days gone by, a bloody street fight ending in hugs and a pint, and a celebration of beautiful creative souls and the bodies they live in. Oh, and I personally produced and did the lighting for a few of the images in the video above. So cool to see them in this format.

I’m grateful to have worked with Nikola and hope to do so again very soon. In the meantime, please check out his new book. It’s being sold through Kickstarter and fuckingnewyork.com . The official book launch is tonight at 6pm at The Hub at 138 Sullivan Street in Soho.

And check out his work at http://www.nikolatamindzic.com/


Nikola, this has been a years long project, and it’s finally in print! How do you feel?

It’s a relief, especially since we’ve already presold 75% of the initial run! It’s a runaway success, and I’d lie if I didn’t admit that I’m very thrilled about it. We had a scheduled book launch at The Hub in Soho tonight, and now it’s going to be more of a celebration!

07 Cabs

17 Fucking the lion

09 Stoya II


One of the greatest parts of Fucking New York is the locations. How do you choose them, shoot in them, find them, etc? Is it risky sometimes?

It just takes a little slowing down and looking around, you know? When you live in New York, you’re always in a hurry, and you hardly ever look up to observe the city. And then there are all these magnificent buildings around the city that I love getting into and exploring… You could spend three lifetimes in New York and not see half of it.

It’s never been risky — maybe a little, but just to give everyone an adrenaline rush. I mean, if I’m getting a rush, imagine what it’s like for the model actually putting herself out there!

29 Saluting the downtown

On the other hand, FUCKING NEW YORK was originally going to include men as equal participants, but that was way too risky: as far as NYPD is concerned a completely naked woman is a perk in a boring day. A fully naked man on the street — we’re all going downtown. That’s why there are no men in FUCKING NEW YORK: too much stress. But I think there’s going to be a sequel: FUCKING NEW YORK: REAL ESTATE PORN, hahaha. Watch this space.

25 Snow

10 Nobody calls

23 Sisters fucking New York

13 Lips

14 Lexington ave

27 St. Mark's Place

08 Leaving New York

21 Bus stop

12 Fisting New York

18 Meats, sausage, beef, pork, poultry, pussy

11 Fuck the police

22 Real estate porn I


The other thing that’s remarkable about Fucking New York are the models. They aren’t all models. They are artists, editors, writers, etc. Who have you been shooting and how do they come to the project?

The project initially started with models — I’m primarily an art and fashion photographer. But it quickly moved on to “real” people (I hate the term — it makes models “unreal” somehow), because they were excited about it in a different way. It was rawer and more real for them, and their inexperience when it comes to modeling was actually beneficial — I never knew what was going to happen, and so fantastic surprised were happening all the time. With well-versed models, they’re so good at what they do, there’s less room for interesting accidents to happen.

And ultimately, it’s the fact that they’re mostly doers — people who do interesting things in New York, often in creative disciplines — that made them approach the project with a different understanding, and they became involved as creative partners, not objects for the camera.

28 Tenement

05 Blowing the city II

01 Sex on fire


Anything funny ever happen when you were shooting a specific location with a nude model?

Getting caught by building and hotel staff too many times to mention, and running like hell down streets, giggling like maniacs. The look on my long-suffering assistant’s face every time this happens. Asking my friend to rub her ass on Trump’s face on a whim, and ending up with a classic shot. Shooting with Stoya a couple of weeks ago near Stonewall during the Bernie Sanders rally, her walking naked & proud between dozens of cabs waiting on a red light, no one saying a word.

24 Stoya I

02 29th street

26 Stars & Stripes

After such a long project, do you feel like you’ve successfully captured the spirit of what you were trying to express?

Yes! It developed so much over these four years, and took me along in unexpected directions. I could’ve put out a complete book after just a year, there were enough great photos even back then, but I’m really glad I kept going, because new, unexpected, fascinating and very visceral things got revealed along the way.

It’ll all become clear once you actually spend time with the book — it’s one of those books with cumulative impact, I hope. And don’t forget, I’m holding back about 2/3 of the material for the book: it’s mostly going to be photos that have never before been published.

What’s next after the book comes out?

There are two projects that I’ve been working on in parallel to FUCKING NEW YORK, and one, called Avant-Hard, is pretty much ready to be presented in public. So in a way, part of the reason for FUCKING NEW YORK coming out now is to free up space for these great new projects that are coming up. It’s all pretty exciting

Fucking New York standard cover side

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