Josh Cheuse was born in New York City in 1965. At sixteen, his photography started in the nightclubs that would become his second home. In 1981 he used the payphone at his high school to call The Clash at Electric Ladyland Studios in Manhattan and asked to photograph the band. What he got was an invitation to what would become a lifetime career creating imagery for the music world.
After winning a full scholarship for photography to the School of Visual Arts in New York, Josh immediately hit the road with Big Audio Dynamite, coming back to school only to use the darkroom. He began designing merchandising and sleeve artwork, and shooting video with an early portable Sony camera. He photographed his friends the Beastie Boys and documented the hip-hop and reggae scenes for publications such as SPIN, Rolling Stone, Musician and Time Out.
He also shot, produced and directed two videos for Joe Strummer using hand-cranked war cameras bought on Portobello Road in London. From 1993 until the present, Josh has been an art director, at Sony Music creating packaging and websites for artists including Bob Dylan, Run-DMC, Rod Stewart and Tony Bennett, while still finding time to go on the road to photograph his favorite groups like Oasis, The Black Crowes, and MGMT.
After Joe Strummer’s untimely death in 2002. Josh directed a video tribute for Joe’s version of the “Redemption Song” sponsored by Hellcat Records and MTV2. 2007 Josh’s first book of photography, “Rockers Galore” was published by Stussy Books along with a line of T shirts with images from the book. There were shows in Tokyo, Paris and Toronto in conjunction with the book.
In 2008, Josh had his first exhibit in Moscow at Afisha Picnic rock festival where 5 thousand music fans saw the exhibition in one day. In 2009, the publication of Rockers Galore Ltd. Edition box set of 14 prints, T shirt, badges and cassette tape with Damien Hirst’s Other Criteria shop in London. Josh’s image of Run DMC live was selected to be in Who Shot Rock photography exhibit, at The Brooklyn Museum in October 2009. In April 2010, Josh's images were featured in the "Stussy x Ricoh GRIII" exhibit at Ring Cube in Tokyo. That same month, Josh's images of fans and crowds were featured in Music Loves You a group show at Colette in Paris, while other images of Josh's of MGMT were also featured in a separate exhibit above the listening stations in Colette.
Josh is currently an Associate Design director at Sony Music Entertainment in New York and lives In Jersey City, New Jersey with his wife, actress Cara Seymour, his son Minalu and their cats Riff and Pearl.