"Divine is a male actress in the John Waters' movie, and Divine was in three John Waters' movies, and the most famous was the first one. In the end of the movie, Divine is in an alley with a poodle. The poodle takes a shit and Divine-and this is no cuts-Divine gets down and starts eating it. And I remember this was at the Palace Theatre, the midnight show, and the audience went nuts. 'Cause there was a lot of the Coquettes, a lot of Queens, and people just erupted. Some people were just laughing and other people were like 'Fuck you, you bitch,' and throwing stuff at the screen and walking out. And that was like, you know, the most notorious movie, and you know Divine was vaulted into stardom after that." -Michael Zagaris
Michael Zagaris, known as 'the Z-man', offers the performer's eye view in his photography. Zagaris became the Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin; not vicariously but actually. He donned the make-up and ran down the tunnel onto the stage. As an insider in those days, he took photographs of what was, not what one expected to see, and as an insider today he does the same thing for 21st century bands and artists. As team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers, a title he achieved in '73, and for the Oakland A's, Zagaris is sports' inside-out shooter. Ankles taped and knee pad-clad, he's the guy so familiar to the players that they see him as their own.