Robert Zash Exhibits Erotic Photography on Valentine’s Day
The name Robert Zash may or may not ring any bells. But if you have attended the Black Party, you have undoubtedly seen his impromptu studio downstairs at Roseland Ballroom, opposite the coat check. There, amidst the mayhem, Zash and his assistants diligently take portraits of attendees who want to preserve the moment (as well as those outrageously sexy outfits).
The other 364 days of the years, Zash works as a professional photographer whose black-and-white works illustrate the beauty of the human body (especially the male variety).
On the night of Valentine’s Day, from 7 p.m. until midnight, Zash is putting the best of his works on display at the Darren Wallace Studio, 155 W. 29th St., between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Third Floor. The reason for the exhibit is a sad one: to help Zash fund the emergency restoration and preservation of his immense digital-image library.
Zash is in a desperate race to save over 350,000 images from certain destruction. On Jan. 24, without warning, one of his file server’s eight hard drives stopped responding. Luckily, the failed drive was the least populated of the cluster; yet still an estimated 20,000 (!) digital files disappeared.
Professional data recovery is extremely expensive but must be done in order to save the images. Has Robert ever made a photo of someone you know? Its digital original may have been on this drive! Almost a decade old, all of the hard drives in his file server as well as the server itself must be replaced immediately; failure of the rest of the system is imminent.