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I had a few hours to ride around with Jerald Cooper, photograph mid century modern architecture and talk about his new p...
10/06/2020

I had a few hours to ride around with Jerald Cooper, photograph mid century modern architecture and talk about his new project @HoodMidCenturyModern
We were in Cincinatti in the first week of August. It was about 90 something degrees out and Jerald's '64 Pontiac Tempest had no AC. Suddenly we had some transmission problems. We stop at an autozone and naturally try to fix it ourselves. Jerald calls a friend. I go in and buy us a wrench, oil pan and rags. We and when i say we i mean Jerald, do a full oil change in the parking lot. People are pulling up, chatting with us, admiring the car and our fast paced oil changing, picture taking. Some of the autozone employees come out too. We fixed the car and only had a little time left. But i said to him, something good will come out of this. And sure enough this portrait winds up in the @NYTimes last Thursday. But what got the picture there is Jeralds truly brilliant idea that is Hood MidCentury, his passion for it, for design and the idea that it should be for everyone and it should be preserved. Thanks for letting me be a small part of it.

Timeline Photos
06/02/2020

Timeline Photos

05/27/2020

May 15 - 25, 2020, New York. Please Play with Sound.

05/14/2020

Signs of Life

05/06/2020

For the last almost two months I've been out trying to make sense of this time we are all living in, by the only way i really know how. By making pictures and video. I've been safe, kept my distance and always wore a mask. I hope you'll watch with the sound on and all the way through.

A blue anchor grains of grit in a tall sky sewing. Ashbery always had it right.
03/13/2020

A blue anchor grains of grit in a tall sky sewing. Ashbery always had it right.

Time Thief, Nov 2019, Ed of 100, as you were.
01/30/2020

Time Thief, Nov 2019, Ed of 100, as you were.

Few more pictures from a new small edition book/zine I put out called Time Thief. There are a few copies possibly left a...
01/22/2020

Few more pictures from a new small edition book/zine I put out called Time Thief. There are a few copies possibly left at @dashwood_books @dashwoodzines in NY @arcanabooks in LA @galerieperrotin in NY @bookshop_us in Oakland

I heard Colin Quinn do a great bit at comedy cellar, describing a person forcing elevator small talk, as a “time thief.”...
01/13/2020

I heard Colin Quinn do a great bit at comedy cellar, describing a person forcing elevator small talk, as a “time thief.” Distractions smother me: from the banal talk of the weather; the echo chamber of 24-hour news; unrelenting home shopping network style ads masquerading as social media; talk shows about reality shows that aren’t real. While all of this visual pollution pushes us towards isolation, it pushed me out into the world to make more pictures. Time Thief is comprised of medium format film and polaroids shot around the outskirts of suburban Los Angeles. There’s a 6.5x9in dark print edition of 5 which 3 prints are left. Available at @dashwood_books @arcanabooks @bookshop_us and @galerieperrotin in NY

8x10in, 46 Pages, Soft Cover Book, Edition of 100

After a lot of years here in New York, I never thought I'd have a studio like this.  It's just a half of a room with a t...
12/19/2019

After a lot of years here in New York, I never thought I'd have a studio like this. It's just a half of a room with a thin wall hobbled together to section off 150 square feet of heaven on Broadway downtown. And it's half a block from my 1 year old best friend, Madline. But then the news came that the building went condo. And I have to be out in a few days. The last three years have been a dream, having this place to come everyday and work. I did my 20 to life here in New York, I could probably go another 20, but maybe it's time. I don't know yet. But what i do know is — these prints would love to find new homes if anyone is interested. They're all part of editions, framed nicely etc.. DM me if you're interested. Happy to ship wherever.
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-Untitled, green chair, 20x30in, 2012
-Untitled, texas sidewalk, 30x40in, 2015
-Untitled, banquet, 20x30in, 2013
-Untitled, car window, 30x40in, 2014 @ Inmigration 26 Federal Plaza

This was a fast decade. The last time I showed work at something I didn’t organize myself and or in New York was back in...
12/14/2019

This was a fast decade. The last time I showed work at something I didn’t organize myself and or in New York was back in 2011. It was at milk and over a thousand people came out. It was wild. And surreal. I was just starting to really be serious about taking pictures. The city was a very different place. The world was too. I won’t get into that, we all know where that’ll go.. I really like every part of doing this. Finding the negs and
printing them. Picking the prints up and
looking at them there. Bringing them to the framer and talking w my pal Brendan about how we’re gonna do it. Having a last minute call as always w my friend Jordan or Bobby to ask what they think because I learned how to do most of what I do from them. And then hanging it all, probably the best part. Which I did yesterday thanks to Kinsey and Michelle and their great people. But what I like the most is having a reason to try and get the people in my life together somewhere, especially somewhere in New York. I go to bed most nights thinking ok it’s time to move on and do something else. And then I wake up and talk to some of these friends and family and decide ok I’ll keep at it a little while longer.
I have seven dark room prints up in Perrotin’s bookstore at 130 Orchard. I’ll be there from 2pm - 4pm. Come by today or stop in over the next month and see it. I also have two small edition books I made that a few of the prints are in. @ Galerie Perrotin

Why don’t you just tell me what movie you’d like to see.
03/18/2019

Why don’t you just tell me what movie you’d like to see.

South of Washington and East of West Street and West of Crenshaw North of Adams
03/14/2019

South of Washington
and East of West Street
and West of Crenshaw North
of Adams

Can I drink this color?
03/14/2019

Can I drink this color?

This print is hanging in a very patient persons really nice house in Beverly Hills.
03/06/2019

This print is hanging in a very patient persons really nice house in Beverly Hills.

Maybe you’d prefer pictures of people in Paris instead of Rome? Maybe you don’t like the French, you think they’re rude?...
03/04/2019

Maybe you’d prefer pictures of people in Paris instead of Rome? Maybe you don’t like the French, you think they’re rude? Maybe you prefer stolen memes? Maybe you hate sitting outside with a cig and something good to drink? Maybe someone else should write these?

Ohhh another 20 yesterday unfollowed. Maybe you like pictures of Rome better in color?  Maybe you don’t like pictures of...
03/01/2019

Ohhh another 20 yesterday unfollowed. Maybe you like pictures of Rome better in color? Maybe you don’t like pictures of Rome at all. Maybe you don’t like Italy? Maybe you don’t like pasta? You don’t photographs in black and white? Maybe you don’t like abstract architectural pictures of sides of 3000 year old buildings? Maybe you don’t like pictures of anything? Maybe go f**k yourself?

More from Rome last Fall
02/28/2019

More from Rome last Fall

More from Rome last Fall.
02/28/2019

More from Rome last Fall.

Some more pictures from Rome last Fall.
02/28/2019

Some more pictures from Rome last Fall.

Xerox and Polaroid
02/25/2019

Xerox and Polaroid

I was in Rome last year in November.  Caput Mundi.  Did or do people really call it that? I was there once before when I...
02/21/2019

I was in Rome last year in November. Caput Mundi. Did or do people really call it that? I was there once before when I was 20. But didn’t remember much. Aside from the things you are supposed to do when you’re in Rome for the first time. Wild to think of a city and it’s inhabitants of that many years. I was there before Bush and everything that followed and being there now— it felt strange. The birthplace of Western civilization. I couldn’t help but think of where we are now and how Rome fell, the middle ages began. Walk around and like new york there were people from everywhere. The vibe was relaxed, weather was warm. Palm trees mixed in with a 28 century old city.

Florida this past January
02/19/2019

Florida this past January

LIFE ITSELF Back when the grass grew talland the rooftops sank under slugs of moss, like stones oxidizing in the coastal...
02/13/2019

LIFE ITSELF
Back when the grass grew tall
and the rooftops sank under slugs of moss, like stones oxidizing in the coastal air, and our town
gaped with deer prints, I stood in the dunes
believing jet streams were staging a show
just for me, for what I would come to, and find there, and though I had seen little, I felt more and more that the contrails that cut the sky to pieces
spoke to me of life itself, of life and nothing less, before the wind picked up, forcing everyone inside, behind closed doors and back to their lives. - Will Schutt - I published this great poem in the first Dialogues: 36 Photographs & 20 Poems. A book I did w Will and @_jordansullivan_

Jenn @junesy picked this photograph to be in all the guest rooms at her new hotel The Blake.  It’s also one of my favori...
02/07/2019

Jenn @junesy picked this photograph to be in all the guest rooms at her new hotel The Blake. It’s also one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken in LA. Aside from and in the next slide you can see it in a spread from what’ll hopefully be a book at some point. From a 10+ year slash never ending project. Thanks Jenn!

This isn’t the poem we used in Pacific Peace Piece but I keep coming back to it.  I wasn’t surprised by the shooting in ...
10/30/2018

This isn’t the poem we used in Pacific Peace Piece but I keep coming back to it. I wasn’t surprised by the shooting in Pittsburg. Sort of expected it. That’s not to say I’m not upset about it. Hard to not think about it. I’m not sure it’s going to change anything. I also wonder how we’ll remember this dark time. Because we all remember how things happened a little differently. Differently from how they happened maybe. And also differently from our own perspective. We tweak it a little. To fit our own narrative. And that’s probably ok. I don’t know. Poem is below and by Carl Phillips.

How I say it happened
may not be how it happened. In that slum
that the mind lately feels like, I’m walking as if
forever toward where the chestnut trees flanking
the brokenly-lit boulevard – what’s
left of it – come now to a point, now
to the never-to-be-reached conclusion I suspect
they’ve meant, all along. It’s a slum, but the sea
hugs it as it does so many places prettier, emptier
of such distractions as fear and at least the more
galvanizing varieties of sorrow, hence the not-so-muffled
crashing of waves not far from here: blue dart,
shattered crossbow…Keeping it all somehow differently alive,
and close, that’s the point, someone told me once –
who? and the point of what? The less I understand myself,
the more I understand others, which I used to think wasn’t
saying much, but there are nights it can seem as good a road as any
maybe toward compassion, even if half
washed away – the road, I mean; not compassion. I don’t know
how the better parts between two people become the first forgotten

Next Week Was Exhausting
10/29/2018

Next Week Was Exhausting

I like Van Morrison’s version of Sinatra’s That’s Life. Ridin’ high in April, shot down in May.  We’re a flawed country....
10/25/2018

I like Van Morrison’s version of Sinatra’s That’s Life. Ridin’ high in April, shot down in May. We’re a flawed country. Always have been. And that’s ok. That’s real life. I started taking pictures because I wanted to know why people made the decisions they made. Not because I cared so much about the actual why. I just wanted to know, to know. I needed to know. A compulsion to know.
But today, f**k. Today was hard to comprehend. A coordinated attempted assassination of two former presidents, on our media, among others… I don’t talk politics much on this app but where do we go from here? I’m not sure. Here’s a picture outside El Paso. Maybe Beto can pull out a win in Texas. Maybe we’re all f**ked.

I like Van Morrison’s version of Sinatra’s That’s Life. Ridin’ high in April, shot down in May.  We’re a flawed country....
10/25/2018

I like Van Morrison’s version of Sinatra’s That’s Life. Ridin’ high in April, shot down in May. We’re a flawed country. Always have been. And that’s ok. That’s real life. I started taking pictures because I wanted to know why people made the decisions they made. Not because I cared so much about the actual why. I just wanted to know, to know. I needed to know. A compulsion to know.
But today, f**k. Today was hard to comprehend. A coordinated attempted assassination of two former presidents, on our media, among others… I don’t talk politics much on this app but where do we go from here? I’m not sure.

I can see how easy it is to confuse estrangement with what comes before that, what’s really just anotherform of being lo...
10/16/2018

I can see how easy it is to confuse estrangement with
what comes before that, what’s really just anotherform of being lost, having meant to spell out­— wordlessly, handlessly—I’m falling, not Sir,
I fell. As for emptiness spilling where no one
ever wanted it to, and becoming compassion, as for how that happens— What if all we do is all we can do? - this is a fragment of the poem by Carl Phillips thats featured in Pacific Peace Piece

So this 8x10 print is for sale and comes with the book through @photoeyebooks. It’s printed on the same sort of translucent vellum paper as the book. I framed it in this thick acrylic frame.

Click here to support Help Publish Noah's Book organized by Jane Cody-Scialom
01/27/2018
Click here to support Help Publish Noah's Book organized by Jane Cody-Scialom

Click here to support Help Publish Noah's Book organized by Jane Cody-Scialom

As we all mourn the loss of our beloved Noah, please help us complete and publish his last collection of works. This monograph is the product of years of labor by Noah, now to be undertaken by his closest friends, family, and collaborators. Any contribution would be of enormous value. Please help...

Aaron Stern
07/07/2017

Aaron Stern

Almost Ten Years of Photos in LA
05/19/2017

Almost Ten Years of Photos in LA

Almost Ten Years of Photos in Los Angeles
05/19/2017

Almost Ten Years of Photos in Los Angeles

Timeline Photos
05/17/2017

Timeline Photos

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