In those years it was quite common to engage in “Street Photography.” We were inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who walked around Europe with his silent Leica capturing unplanned moments. During a trip to New York in 1976, I walked around Manhattan with my Nikon, photographing the people who were hanging out in the streets or riding on the subway.
I was intrigued by the idea of taking self-portraits, I even wrote a technical article for a photo magazine about it. My goal was to come up with an image to represent myself as a photographer. Eventually I succeeded, combining my love for playing cards with my love for photography: I represented myself as the Queen of Spades. Then my friend Paul Ruscha designed the graphics for the back and I had my first business card.
In my studio in Hollywood, in 1978-1979, I experimented with lighting, models, hair stylists and make-up artists, to learn about fashion photography. See a published 1980 Summer Fashion layout.