Uzi Parnes has been part of New York's art and performance scene for over 25 years. He has been photographing the performers and architectural ruins of downtown New York since 1980. He has also collaborated with Carmelita Tropicana, co-writing and directing four plays including Memories of the Revolution, Carnaval, and The Conquest of Mexico as Seen Through the Eyes of Hernando Cortez's Horse produced at PS122, DTW and WOW Cafe. All of these included his photographic work as part of the multi-media performance. He also directed and performed in Tropicana's Chicas 2000 and Clamcracker Suite.

Uzi has also written and directed numerous short films and videos shown extensively in international film festivals, Anthology Film Archives, MOMA and PBS. He also has an impressive body of work as a photographer, and spent many years working with Jack Smith and shooting countless photos of Jack from 1982-1989. Download a pdf of his article, "Jack Smith."


c. 2008