Photographer Danny Fitzgerald (1921-2000) was born in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and produced male nude physique photography for a brief span from 1958 to 1968. He and his partner Richard Bennett produced and marketed their photographs under the pseudonym “Les Demi Dieux.”
Post from the Danny Fitzgerald & Les Demi Dieux Facebook page (November 28, 2014):
The special Record Store Day edition of the Ramones greatest hits selected by Morrissey (Morrissey Official) is out in stores today for Back to Black Friday, and Danny Fitzgerald's iconic image of Johnny, Vinny and friends between their Buicks on the streets of Brooklyn graces the back cover (with our permission of course).
JOHNNY, VINNY, CARROLL GARDENS, 1963 - https://lesdemidieux.com/
As far as we know, Fitzgerald never printed this image. We found a short, four-frame strip of images of brothers Johnny and Vinny (second and fourth from left) smoking between two vintage cars with friends, on a street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The film roll was dated 1963.
This image appears in the book Brooklyn Boys: Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux.
Image used as a backdrop in 2014 and 2022:
Danny Fitzgerald, Johnny, New York, 1962. Gelatin silver, printed 2013, edition of 10, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York (source)
Danny Fitzgerald, Catalogue Print, Johnny, 1962. Vintage gelatin silver, printed ca. 1962, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York (source)
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- Morrissey has compiled the track-listing and chosen the sleeve for "Best of the Ramones" - TTY - Morrissey-solo (Aug 25, 2014)