Newspace Center for Photography
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 7-9pm
@Newspace Center for Photography
Tod Seelie has been living and photographing in NYC since 1997. He recently published a book of these photographs, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York. His New York is not what you might expect, and it’s definitely not the one you see on postcards. To celebrate the publication of BRIGHT NIGHTS, Tod is taking it on the road. He will be presenting a selection of his work, talking about his process, how he ended up where he did and tell a couple stories of what he’s been up to over the last decade and half. It will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. todseelie.com suckapants.com BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York By Tod Seelie Published by Prestel Publishing Tod Seelie loves New York, but not the version depicted in postcards. His city is an underground haven for people at society’s edges, people who come alive at night, who make music and art and noise and mess. This startlingly beautiful collection of images captures a gritty culture that belies the city’s glamorous persona. Here are punk bands and bike parties, abandoned spaces and skeezy clubs, junk-filled lots and sketchy streets. Interspersed throughout the book are texts from Seelie’s friends and fellow artists, along with an introduction by Jeff Stark, editor of the iconic alternative events e-mail list Nonsense NYC. The photographs in the book create a love poem to the city that not only doesn’t sleep—it cavorts around at 3:00 am looking for the next adventure. With contributions by: Caledonia Curry (Swoon) Colin Moynihan (New York Times) Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz) Benjamin Shapiro (VICE) Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine) Ian Vanek (Japanther) Conrad Carlson (Black Label Bicycle Club) Carolina Miranda (ArtNews) Joe Ahearn (Clocktower Gallery/Showpaper) Jeff Stark (Nonsense NYC) Sto Len (Cinders Gallery) Colorful, entertaining, and slightly shocking, this is the first book from Tod Seelie, a photographer whose images “elevate mere weirdness to a more striking realm of visual intrigue.” —New York Times TOD SEELIE has taken pictures in more than 25 countries on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and appeared in publications including the New York Times, TIME, Rolling Stone, Spin, Thrasher, Vice, Der Spiegel and Juxtapoz. Seelie displays his work on multiple websites including Sucka Pants, which he has maintained for almost a decade. PRESS LINKS: “You've never seen new york this way before." --Slate http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/10/28/tod_seelie_photographs_new_york_s_underground_art_and_music_scene_in_his.html Selected as one of the best photo books of the year by The New York Times: http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/the-top-ten-photo-books-of-2013/ American Photo: http://www.americanphotomag.com/photo-gallery/2013/11/2013-photo-books-year-culture And TIME Magazine: http://lightbox.time.com/2013/11/25/time-picks-the-best-photobooks-of-2013/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#66 http://www.facebook.com/events/565610933545210/