Judy Herzl began her love affair with art and photography growing up in New York City, where she attended the famed Music and Art High School. She continued her studies at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. Straight out of art school she was invited to join the staff of Subway News, an emerging underground punk tabloid, just as the Boston music scene was ramping up. As their roving photographer she captured the flavor of that pulsing era through photographs of Iggy Pop, John Lydon and PIL, U2, Gang of Four and many others including beloved Boston performers— Human Sexual Response, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Salem 66, and Jonathan Richmond. In addition to her music work, she produced interviews, album art, and shot punk fashion shows.
In 1985 she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was later awarded the prestigious Willard Van Dyke award for her fine art photography. Judy is influenced by her early training as a painter, and pushes the edges of photography, using unconventional techniques such as multiple one-of-a-kind toning, and non-silver printing, often within an installation or diorama format.
Recently she has directed her creativity towards working with social non-profit organizations that support building peace in Liberia; women’s empowerment in the Democratic Republic of Congo; global arts for children; and re-imagining education for cultural change.
Her newest musical love affair is with rap and hip-hop. Her teenage son (who is developing ‘compassionate hip hop’ as a new genre) is mentoring her. Judy says. “The rappers are the ones out there telling it how it is and taking a stand. Like punk, rap music gives voice to a subculture’s message that would otherwise not be heard.”