"Montana Smith and Mark Morrisroe met in 1977 as students at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, working closely together in and out of the darkroom. As prolific and diaristic photographers, each created many portraits of the other. Today, several hundred portraits of Mark Morrisroe by Montana Smith remain. along with numerous images of other "Boston School" participants: Pat Hearn, Gail Thacker, Laurie Olinder, Steve "Stain" Adelson, and Penelope Place, among many."
“We were both enrolled in a plastics sculpture class with Pat Hearn, who was crafting giant insect wings for one of her early performance pieces, ” Smith recalled. “One evening Mark and I were alone in the workshop while he was imbedding a dead rat in liquid Plexiglas. He always liked to remind me later that, although I chattered on and on about the horrendously putrid smell of his dead rat, I never actually left, and so he ‘knew’ that we would be friends. It was both a test and a microcosm of any friendship with Mark: if you weren’t immediately grossed out by his strange eccentricities, he knew he had found a potentially kindred soul. And although we came from very different backgrounds, we were sort of on a similar wavelength at that time, artistically and socially, involving constant art-making, retro style, a lot of Warholesque marathon telephony, bizarre mail, and a generally subversive approach to life in general. For us it didn’t seem strange to shoot five rolls of film after class, write crank letters to famous artists, go to Brigham’s for ice cream, do the Woolworth’s photo booth, walk over to the S&M bar where Mark bartended, then meet up with friends and stay up all night at a Pasolini or horror film fest.”