Michael H. Shamberg (1952-2014) was an artist, filmmaker, video producer, and the head of Factory Records US, which he ran out of an office above White Columns gallery at 325 Spring Street.
From 1975 to 1977, he worked at The Kitchen in New York, as a video assistant. Here he organized screenings and video installations by artists such as Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt, Lawrence Weiner and Robert Wilson. He was the Director of Photography on two of Lawrence Weiner's 1976 videos: Do you Believe in Water? and A Bit of Matter and a Little Bit More.
When he began making videos with Factory Records bands such as New Order and A Certain Ratio he invited filmmakers from the art world to direct them. Robert Longo shot New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” in 1986 and Robert Frank filmed "Run 2" in 1989. William Wegman shot one of several music videos for the song "Blue Monday" and Chris Marker shot "Getting Away With It" by New Order side-project Electronic.
Shamberg asked Kathryn Bigelow to film New Order's 1987 video for "Touched by the Hand of God", a few years before her breakthrough feature films (Blue Steel, Point Break, and Strange Days) and over twenty years before her Oscar winning film The Hurt Locker.
He invited John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Lawrence Weiner to create the posters for New Order events.
For the rest of the week I'll post examples of album covers, posters and promotional materials designed by Lawrence Weiner, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Robert Breer and others.