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Ken Schles: Invisible City

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For a decade, Ken Schles watched the passing of time from his Lower East  Side neighborhood. 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 twentieth 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 honesty. 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, this new edition transcends the original of this underground  cult classic.


  • Hardcover :  80 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  6.8 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches 
  • Publisher :  Steidl; First Thus Edition (February 24, 2015)