Friday Photo: Ever-Multitasking John Waters Climbs Stairs, Shakes Hands

Today we’re pleased to announce a new recurring feature on UnBeige: the Friday Photo. No, it’s not images of grinning readers holding up their laptops tuned to UnBeige in far-flung locations (natural light and computer monitors aren’t the best of friends, after all). The Friday Photo will simply offer up an amusing, thought-provoking, timely, or just plain odd photo snapped by your trusty UnBeige editors in the course of our design-themed adventures or by readers like you (send yours to unbeige AT

Our inaugural Friday Photo is of a moment that we captured at this year’s Armory Show in New York City, for which filmmaker, artist, writer, and all-around cult figure John Waters was commissioned — with artist Mary Heilmann — to interpret the image of the fair. Waters whipped up some charming photos of art-themed signage, and here he is simultaneously ascending the stage, shaking the hand of Armory Show director Katelijne De Backer, and preparing to talk to a global scrum of press about the late Colin de Land, who founded the fair with Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks, and Paul Morris.

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Photo: Stephanie Murg