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Ken Schles: Invisible City Hardcover – 29 Dec 2014
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"I was looking at this idea of what does the image mean, not only photographic images but also images we hold within ourselves about he world we have around us," he said. "I felt my world was falling apart. I started thinking what I consider my world is and it's really a series of images: as a father, as an American, as a New Yorker, these things they're all images."
Those thoughts were also present when Schles was initially working on Invisible City, looking for a way to document his experience in New York that differed from those of both his father, a New York native, and also countless other artists who had created work that reflected their own experiences living there.--David Rosenberg "Slate "
Both books are of enormous force. So intimate and direct, that it sometimes pains the eyes. They are marked by a lust for life out of control.--Freddie Langer "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung "
So intimate and direct, that it sometimes pains the eyes. They are marked by a lust for life out of control.--Freddie Langer "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung "
Pictures like this speak to the gut. They isolate time from itself. Bottom Line: A re-issued classic, straight outta the NYC 80's.--Jonathan Blaustein "A Photo Editor "
Invisible City has a reputation as a dark book, but that reputation seems undeserved, especially when paired with the new book. Instead, one is struck with moments of perseverance and levity, of people celebrating, drinking, or making love, despite their circumstances or living condition. The darkness hovers along the edges and occasionally creeps in, but is largely kept at bay.--Adam Bell "The Brooklyn Rail "
What emerged was a bounty of startling black-and-white images, both bleak and ravishing, that were so starkly truthful about that time and place that their publication as Invisible City in 1988 would become a landmark cult title, unavailable for over two decades. Originally published by legendary Twelvetrees Press in Pasadena, the book was printed on a photogravure press, now virtually extinct. If ever there were a book that could not be anything other than black and white, this was it. The riveting tonalities are the reality of Schles's naked netherworld. His camera managed to memorialize a now-mythic era of New York history that for him at the time was merely "the reality out my front door."--Michael Kurcfeld "Los Angeles Review of Books "
Coffee Table Curator: Top January releases.--Devon Ivie "Interview "
Ken Schles' Invisible City is an extraordinary production, printed in five inks using a special screen to mimic as closely as possible the original photogravure. An important book made available again for a new generation of photographers (and for those of us who were a bit distracted at the time).--Cian "Cuatro Cuerpos "
Also at the Times, a selection of photos from Ken Schles, who spent the mid 1980s living in an abandoned building in the East Village, documenting the neighborhood's goings on with his camera. The work, which resulted in two books, 1988's Invisible City and 2014's Nightwalk, expresses both "darkness" and "excitement," depending on your perspective.--Chris Pomorski "New York Observer "
Ken Schles' strong renderings of '80s New York photography appear to be cinematic - and can be compared to Martin Scorsese's early films such as Who's That Knocking at My Door, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver. Schles' newly reissued Invisible City straightforwardly captured the ecstasy and despair which his beloved city screamed of.--Miwa Susuda "Photo Book Magazine "
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