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powerHouse Books is world-renowned and critically acclaimed for its diverse publishing programme—specializing in photojournalism, fine art, documentary, and street photography. The...
"Beautifully illustrated with new images that are the perfect mix of the sexy, sensual, and subversive, Deviant Desires will satisfy your inquisitive mind with fascinating stories from the sexual fringe." –Huck
"I always want to be a photographer. I was heading toward photography basically all my life and I knew it. They didn’t have lessons or any classes when I started out, but as far back as I can remember I was committed. I made every step on this journey as important as the last, whether I was working on Fleet Street in London or with the local papers in Scotland. I didn’t really care what I was shooting as long as I was shooting." –Harry Benson for BuzzFeed News 16 Of The Most Iconic Pictures From The Last Century At 88 years old, photographer Harry Benson has seen it all.
“I am tired of watching people looking down and absorbed in themselves, or watching them take selfies. I miss observing people regard things through their eyes and hearts instead of their camera phones; people really feeling their experiences, not just recording them.” –Carrie Boretz for Timeline 📸📚
"In his new book Yoga: The Secret of Life, published today by powerHouse Books, Francesco Mastalia describes in spiritual terms the wet plate collodion process he used to make portraits of 108 yogis. After pouring emulsion on a plate of black glass, “in ceremonial fashion, the plate is then bathed in a solution of silver nitrate to render it sensitive to light,” he writes in the book. “Waiting, under the mystical shroud, the ‘wooden-view-camera’ sits in silence, as the glass plate is brought to light.” After exposure, the glass plate, “eager to reveal itself,” is developed and dipped in fixing solution, and “as it clears, the inner light magically comes to ‘life.'” The project began with Mastalia’s interest in the physical prowess of yoga practitioners. He was “captivated by yogis stretching, bending and twisting themselves into precise alignment,” he writes, and drawn to “the strength and grace of this human origami.” But the project transformed into something deeper, “as many of the yogis chose to emphasize meditation, devotion, and their Divine connection.” About half of the yogis—including many of the most famous—are pictured at rest, meditating in the woods or shown up close, their heads tightly framed by the glass plate." via PDN Photo of the Day Blog
"Bros & Brosephines serves as an examination, a confrontation and a celebration of the male psyche, the masculine gender, and complex sexualities that intertwine with the two." –L'Oeil de la Photographie
"In the late 1970s and early '80s, the institutions of power in New York had failed. A bankrupt city government had sold its power over to the banks, and the financiers' severe austerity schemes gutted the Big Apple's support systems.
Most of New York's traditional industries had already left, and those power brokers in charge of the new system retreated to their high-rises and left the streets to the hustlers, preachers, and bums; the workers struggling to get by; and a new generation of artists who were squatting in the empty industrial buildings downtown and bearing witness to the urban decay and institutional abandonment all around them..." via Creative Boom to continue reading click here. MEAN STREETS by Edward Grazda hits the streets (aka bookstores!) tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
"Tattoo master, underground art icon, and multi-genre author Jonathan Shaw has returned with a follow-up to his must-have compendium of classic ink iconography Vintage Tattoo Flash. The logically-titled and even more eye-popping and mind-bending Vintage Tattoo Flash, Volume Two (PowerHouse Books) hits the street on October 17, 2017.
Shaw's life is a wild ride like no other. His dad was big band titan Artie Shaw and his mom was movie star Doris Dowling. As a kid in the 1960s, Shaw apprenticed under California tattoo pioneers along the Pike boardwalk before running alongside outlaw LA giants on the order of Jim Morrison, Charles Bukowski, and the Manson Family.
After relocating to New York — where tattooing was illegal — Shaw inked punk rockers and other daring outsiders from his apartment until the 1990s. Once the city dropped its prohibition, Shaw opened Fun City Tattoo on St. Mark's Place and added yet another chapter to his legend." –MERRY JANE
"powerHouse Books has just released an almost thirty year look at the streets of New York, seen through the eyes (and photographs) of Carrie Boretz. Aptly titled, STREET: New York City – 70s, 80s, 90s, the work reflects a city in flux, more gritty and unstable, but her focus remains with the simple gestures of everyday life in neighborhoods and communities that were familiar. The book is a testament to seeing, Carrie managing to stay hyper aware of juxtapositions and relationships, but it is also a testament to commitment, returning year after year to the streets in search of that split second of something real and beautiful." –Lenscratch
MEAN STREETS by Edward Grazda featured in The New York Times
These are photographs of affordable housing. Not literally, of course. But they are artifacts from a city in which apartments were plentiful and relatively cheap, and from this, much followed. “You could go to New York and become whatever you wanted,” said the photographer Edward Grazda, 70, who moved to the city in 1973. “Rent a place for a couple hundred dollars a month, and invent yourself. Which a lot of people did.”
Mr. Grazda rented a loft on Bleecker Street for $250 a month and began work as a photographer, shooting mostly in Latin America and later Afghanistan. The pictures here were taken casually, between projects; most were never printed...
Monday, September 25, 2017
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The artist Francesco Mastalia has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. These past couple of years however have found him a bit closer to his home in Rhinebeck, New York, engaged in a deep and divine encounter with the practice of yoga. That immersion has resulted in YOGA: The Secret of Life, a fine art salute to the ancient eight-limbed practice of yoga, to be released in October by powerHouse Books.
At Global Genes Patient Advocacy Summit, we talked with Karen Haberberg about the photography book she developed that includes stories and photos of 29 families affected by rare diseases.
As Karen explains in the interview, all proceeds from the sale of the book go to Global Genes but advocacy groups can also purchase the book directly from Karen at cost and they too can then collect any profits moving forward. The book can be purchased at amazon.com.
We're very sad to hear about the passing of powerHouse Books author / artist Jeremiah Goodman.
Jeremiah Goodman, who died in New York City today at 94, was one of American interior design’s most luminous lights. His talent, though, was not for decorating rooms but for recording them, through the media of watercolors and gouache, with swashbuckling bravura. "No one captured the magic of the great interiors of the past like Jeremiah Goodman," says interior decorator Bunny Williams. "I will treasure the few pieces I have of his forever." –Architectural Digest
Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision is available for purchase here.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
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Bros & Brosephines is the latest monograph from Russian art rebel Slava Mogutin. The photographer, author, filmmaker, activist, porn star, and voyeur who's been dedicated to making subversive work for the last 20 years.
Monday, August 21, 2017
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SPOTTED: powerHouse Books SHOT by Kathy Shorr.
The fervor of current world events makes it easy to lose sight of the present and past movements striving for a better world. Photographers and journalists are more important than ever to bring us stories of both justice and injustice. There are a few photography books I’ve reviewed that are definitely worth attention, given the current socio-political climate. One might find themselves truly struggling with a good answer to the question of photography being a positive agent of change — but please take a few moments to expose yourself to these books, read the articles, and consider how you can make a positive impact in the world around you and your community. Each one of us, like pebbles tossed into a pond, can cause ripples that extend farther than we could ever imagine.
Read the full article, here. It features SHOT by Kathy Shorr, and published by powerHouse Books.
The journalist, photographer, poet, and Russian dissident shares an exclusive look at a new book (Bros & Brosephines) featuring 15-years of work that questions the codes of machismo via Dazed and Confused Magazine. Read more, here.
"The results are strangely mesmerizing, transforming the burbling brew from more than 150 years of industrial runoff into psychedelic abstractions. Streaks of purple mingle with neon greens and blues, while rainbow wisps swirl amid a murky darkness, like galaxies floating in space." —Hyperallergic on Gowanus Waters by Steven Hirsch
"But look into the eyes of these young men, as Boogie might suggest, and you won’t see killers. Here, their snapshots are expressions of their creativity and identity, documents of their idealized selves. They’re not “just pictures;” they’re important and consequential, like any image of human beings." –Brooklyn Magazine
powerHouse Books is pleased to present our forthcoming title SHOT: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America by Kathy Shorr on sale April 4, 2017.
The increasing ubiquity of gun violence has become the norm across the world and particularly in the United States, where we have begun to hear horror after horror on a daily basis. So much so that it has started to produce a numbing effect, a helplessness that allows us to hear the news and say, “Here we go again,” and put it out of our mind. Gun violence is now something we expect to happen.
SHOT is about people who have been shot and survived the experience. It portrays 101 survivors, aged 8 to 80, from all races and many ethnicities. They are the representatives of “survivorhood.” Most were photographed in the location where they were shot.
SHOT allows us to explore a dialogue about gun violence and how we are all vulnerable.
Kathy Shorr was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her work crosses the borders of documentary, portraiture, and street photography. She received her undergraduate degree in photography from The School of Visual Arts and has an Masters in Education, earned while working as a New York City Teaching Fellow in public schools in crisis. Her work has been shown in galleries in New York City, Houston, and Los Angeles and was featured at the celebrated Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. She lives and works in New York City.