Joseph Cultice

Joseph CulticeJoseph Cultice began his photography career as a young rock and roll obsessed teen in Phoenix Arizona where he was inspired by his floor-to-ceiling KISS and David Bowie posters. His teenage waterbed dreams became reality when he moved to New York City in 1990 where he began making an international name for himself as one of the few leading music photographers whose wide range of talents allowed him to cross over into the world of celebrity and fashion photography. His first big break came with Nine Inch Nails, with whom he bonded immediately over similar aesthetics and vision, and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Joseph Cultice is also an accomplished video director with a bestselling full-length video release feature under his belt, Marilyn Manson‘s tour documentary, Dead to the World.

He contributes to a wide variety of magazines: Vogue Magazine, Teen Vogue, Urb, Teen People, Interview, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN, FHM, Parade, MOJO, Burn, TV Guide, Mens Health, Suede, Zinc, King, Revolver, and many, many more.

“Originally from Phoenix Arizona, to quote Josep Cultice’s own website, “his teenage waterbed dreams became reality when he moved to New York City in 1990.” As Joseph proved himself as a man of many talents, he was able to crossover from rock ‘n’ roll music images into celebrity and fashion photography. His highly provocative series, The Garden, in addition to works by accompanying artists Chris Jehly and Rich Tu, debuted this past Friday at Baang+Burne’s Boys Don’t Cry exhibit. Joseph’s surrealist, luscious images depict himself and his own family caught between “contradicting desires for limitless debauchery and domestic bliss, as a messy domestic life interspersed with seemingly wild liberation.” Boys Don’t Cry remains on display through November 8th. RETV was there to see it all, so behold…”

By Janet Alexander /

Joseph Cultice loves: George Carlin, the Simpsons, loud Electro New wave music, peanut butter, Kahlua and coffee, biking in Amsterdam, swimming with his son Nomi Star, 70s Playboys, Dwell Magazine, Nick Knight, The New Yorker, Harry Potter, 2001 Space Odyssey, Blue Velvet, Showgirls, Abba, Metallica, Black Keys, Radio Head, Empire of the Sun, Shit Robot, red neon lights, guacamole, waking up and meditating, the smell of coffee in the morning, conversations about f-stops, Alexander McQueen, Madonna, Peaches, St. Martin, salmon roe, Klaus Nomi, New York in the 80s and 90′s, other people who hate jazz, double features, the Prisoner, and his mom and dad. He has gotten stoned with Mick Jagger, been hit on by Freddy Mercury, and joined a prayer circle with the Jonas Brothers. He has been told he looks like Bono, Mel Gibson and Johnny Cash, but only by people with glaucoma.