Iconic photog Patrick McMullan undergoes cancer surgery



Beloved New York society photographer Patrick McMullan is undergoing surgery for cancer.

The famed lensman told Page Six he has advanced thyroid cancer and is going in for surgery at NYU Langone this week.

McMullan said, “Its very curable if you can survive the surgery. But as you know, surviving is one of my skills.”

He said doctors have warned him he might lose his voice following the surgery, adding, “I asked one of my friends, ‘If I lose my voice, how am I going to complain?’ My friend responded, ‘Oh I’m sure you’ll find a way’.”

McMullan added, “If the surgery goes well I will be out of the hospital the next day.

“I have a lot of people praying for me, which makes me feel very hopeful that everything will turn out alright.”

He has already beaten cancer once, in his early 20s, and has been getting well wishes on social media from a host of prominent New Yorkers, including columnist and authors George Rush and Joanna Molloy, Sharon Bush and Bettina Zilkha.

Patrick McMullan attends the Patrick McMullan x Lafayette 148 New York Madison Avenue opening event in 2019
Iconic photographer Patrick McMullan has already beaten cancer once, and says he’ll do it again.
Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

A fixture in New York nightlife for three decades, the gregarious McMullan has been to more parties than any other person in New York.

He has shot pictures of countless stars, society swans, fashion’s finest and the city’s underground figures and his work has been featured in numerous media outlets from Interview Magazine to Vogue, Vanity Fair and the New York Post. He has also published six books of his work.

McMullan recently told Artspace, “Every photographer who ever existed wanted to capture a candid moment. That is the great joy. That is what keeps people coming back to photography, the chance to capture something that resonates, that encapsulates. That is the great excitement and joy of photography….I don’t have enough balls to stop doing what I do.”  

He got his start with Andy Warhol who once famously said, “If you don’t know Patrick McMullan you ought to get out more.”


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