Over the years, we have worked with Tod Seelie on a few projects, and one of the reason we have worked with him and assigned him some open-ended projects is that we know that he sees the world differently then most. That he has a camera is of benefit to all of us as both artists, writers, or people with interest in the cracks between popular culture and underground culture, and their meeting points. That connection is the subject of Tod's new book, "Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York."
The book is published by Prestel.
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 parades, 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 from: Joe Ahearn (Clocktower Gallery/Showpaper), Conrad Carlson (Black Label Bike Club), Caledonia Curry (Swoon), Sto Len (Cinders Gallery), Carlo McCormick (Paper), Carolina Miranda (C-Monster.net), Colin Moynihan (New York Times). Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Jeff Stark (Nonsense NYC), and Ian Vanek (Japanther).