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INVISIBLE CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY KEN SCHLES. New edition. Steidl Verlag, Gottingen, 2014. Original edition published 1988 by Twelvetrees Press, Santa Fe. 80 pp. with 59 ills. 23 x 18 cm. ISBN 9783869306919 In English.
Publisher's description: For a decade, Ken Schles watched the passing of time from his Lower East Side neighbourhood. His camera fixed the instances of his observations, and these moments became the foundation of his invisible city. Friends and architecture come under the scrutiny of his lens and, when sorted and viewed in the pages of this book, a remarkable achievement of personal vision emerges. Twenty-five years later, Invisible City still has the ability to transfix the viewer. A penetrating and intimate portrayal of a world few had entrance to or means of egress from, Invisible City stands alongside Brassai's Paris de Nuit and van der Elsken's Love on the Left Bank as one of the 20th century's great depictions of nocturnal bohemian experience. Documenting his life in New York City's East Village during its heyday in the tumultuous 1980s, Schles captured its look and attitude in delirious and dark verite. Long out of print, this "missing link" in the history of the photographic book is now once again made available. Using scans from the original negatives and Steidl's five plate technique to bring out nuance and detail never seen before in print, this masterful edition transcends the original, bringing this underground cult classic into the 21st century for a new generation to discover.
Artist(s):Schles, Ken
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 157005
Hardcover $40.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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