Amanda Demme is an American photographer and creative director born in Washington, USA. She graduated from BU in 1985 with a degree in food and hotel administration. At 21, Demme moved to New York City, where she worked as a doorgirl at The World. In the late 1980s, after working for the New Music Seminar, Sleeping Bag Records, and in the hip-hop department at Arista Records, Demme began promoting underground hip hop shows at Carwash, a club she created at an abandoned Lower East Side high school.
The first exhibit of Demme's photography took place at the Obsolete Gallery in Venice, California in May 2013. Composed of oversized portraits, her work was described by the LA Times as "emotional and dark, even cinematic." In addition to her fine art photography, Demme has shot editorially for Interview, New York Magazine, Flaunt and others.
Demme was described by The Los Angeles Times as an "expert at 'building a room,' choosing a precise mix of guests, sculpting space with light and shadow, and cultivating a mood something akin to performance art." Demme served as the music supervisor for more than 40 films and television shows, including Mean Girls, Garden State, Judgment Night and Blow.
Images: Courtesy of Amanda Demme