Herbert Migdoll is an installation artist, painter and world-renowned photographer serving as the company photographer for The Joffrey Ballet since 1968. In 1973 he orchestrated a seminal moment in New York graffiti by connecting members of UGA—the first graffiti-writing collective—to dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp, leading them to paint live onstage in a performance with her troupe in the Joffrey Ballet. Migdoll’s photographs and videos of this time period serve as rare documents of the birth of American graffiti. He studied at Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, the University of California, Berkeley and on a Fulbright scholarship to Denmark before documenting numerous pioneers of New York’s avante-garde movement.
BEYOND THE STREETS, New York 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.