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Grit Pics

Photographer Tod Seelie captures New York’s wild side


In his debut book, Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, the Bushwick, Brooklyn, photographer Tod Seelie, who was once described by The New York Times as “the house photographer for the art-vandal underground,” disputes the notion that the Big Apple has moved beyond the explosive energy of its 1970s and ’80s art scene. For 15 years, Seelie has been capturing a city that, through his lens, maintains its veneer of danger: women in high heels crowd-surf at punk shows; marching bands stomp through abandoned buildings; artists hold openings and after-parties in empty subway tunnels. If Mad Max had more bicycles, flamethrowers and accordions, it might look something like this. This month’s release of Seelie’s book will be accompanied by a solo show at New York’s SuperChief Gallery at Culturefix, which isn’t quite in line with the anarchic vigor of the photographs (art on gallery walls? yawn), though the after-party might be something to remember. Bring a headlamp. OCT. 14

One Response to “Grit Pics”

  1. Bill Dunleavy Says:
    October 18th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I think showing this type of photography in a gallery is legitimizing in the same way as printing them in a book. It’s the same content for the same purpose, but with a different presentation of photographs. Much of the importance in this type of photography, in addition to its presentation, is the feeling it inspires in the viewer. I’m willing to bet the gallery show will be full of interesting people who appreciate, and more than likely participate in this type of anarchic/artistic lifestyle. The book looks amazing too, I will definitely buy it. Through dedication, Tod has become somewhat of a cultural historian in this town.

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