Star of AMC’s The Walking Dead Norman Reedus is showing his photography at Montauk’s fabled hotel, restaurant and music venue The Surf Lodge since Monday, August 30 and continuing through next Thursday, September 9.
The actor and artist is showcasing images from his weighty, 2020 photography book Portraits From The Woods, a beautiful, 144-page tome featuring a wide array of pictures taken in the woods of Georgia, including behind-the-scenes shots from filming The Walking Dead, portraits of his costars, friends and zombies, such as Jeffery Dean Morgan (Negan), video game designer Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid), comedian Dave Chapelle, Girls creator Lena Dunham and his fiancee model/actress Diane Kruger, to name a scant few.
Long before he became a household name as Daryl Dixon on his popular AMC TV series, based on the comic by Robert Kirkman, Reedus was an artist. The Surf Lodge exhibition offers some stunning selections from Portraits From the Woods, as curated by Laurie Dolphin, with Jen DiSisto and Moonlights Arts Collection.
“Norman has an indelible way of capturing the beauty and mystery in others. His photographs are beautiful and terrifying, macabre and provoking, alternately dark and sublime,” a statement about the book explains, noting his unique sense of humor and highlighting from Portraits From The Woods the “cast of characters and zombies, alongside portraits of the individuals that inhabit his life.”
Reedus, who is never without his camera, refused to be interviewed about his Montauk show, but he’s said of the book, “I always have my eyes open. Portraits From The Woods is like stepping in my own shoes, seen through my own eyes with my sense of humor.”
While he’s not a Hamptons regular, we did spot Reedus attending the Hamptons International Film Festival years before he took on the role that would forever define his career.
He has shown his work in numerous galleries.
The Surf Lodge is located at 183 Edgemere Street in Montauk, 631-250-8439, thesurflodge.com. You can also find Portraits From The Woods and more of Norman Reedus’s photographs at his Big Bald Gallery, bigbaldgallery.com.