Book of the Day: Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick by Meryl Meisler

Meryl Meisler is a photo-based artist. She has received fellowships/grants from New York Foundation from the Arts, Puffin Foundation, Time Warner, Artists Space, CETA, China Institute and Japan Society.

She’s exhibited her work at the Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Dia Center NYC, MASS MoCA, and The Whitney and in public spaces such as Grand Central Terminal and throughout the NYC subway system.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Library of Congress, Islip Art Museum, American Jewish Congress, and in artist book collections of the Whitney, MOMA, Metronome, Carnegie Mellon, Chrysler Museum and the Pompidou.

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Book of the Day: Duffy Bowie: Five Sessions by Kevin Cann & Chris Duffy

"Talking about a creative session is like talking about a boxing match. It happened because there was a little bit of magic in the room that night. I’ll say it myself, it’s a fucking great cover." Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy defined the image of the 1960s, and was as famous as the stars he photographed. Together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, 
he is recognized as one of the innovators of “documentary” fashion photography, a style which revolutionized fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry.

Duffy’s most famous photograph dates from the 1970s and is the iconic and revolutionary cover of David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane, a shot that became the defining look of Bowie’s long career, and has been referred to as the Mona Lisa of pop. The photographer and the rock star collaborated on four other projects: Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)and Lodger. They worked together during the pivotal years of Bowie’s career; when the king of glam was assuming and discarding extraordinary personas, Duffy was capturing them all.

Written by David Bowie’s biographer, Kevin Cann, Duffy Bowie: Five Sessions features anecdotes and stories from those attending the shoots—including Tony Defries (Bowie’s manager at the time of Ziggy Stardust); Celia Philo (designer) & Philip Castle (airbrush artist) from the famous Aladdin Sane shoot; Francis Newman (Duffy’s studio manager); May Routh (costume designer) from The Man Who Fell to Earth; Geoff MacCormack (musician and Bowie’s childhood friend); Derek Boshier (art director ofLodger); Natasha Kornilof costume designer for Scary Monsters; Edward Bell (artist); Steve Strange (musician) and Duffy’s son, Chris, who also worked on the Scary Monsters session. Included are many unseen images and behind the scenes photographs.

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Book of the Day: Sid Avery: The Art of the Hollywood Snapshot by Ron Avery

James Dean on the set of Rebel Without a Cause; Audrey Hepburn on her bike with pet dog in tow; Marlon Brando taking out the garbage; Elizabeth Taylor soaking up the sun. These are just a few of the iconic images for which Sid Avery is responsible. This sumptuous volume is a long overdue tribute to his prolific talent.

Sid worked in Hollywood from the 1940s to 1960s and became known for his candid portraits of the stars. He made history as the only photographer to shoot both the original 1960 cast of Ocean’s Eleven and the 2001 remake, recreating his iconic group shot around the pool table. Avery was also responsible for establishing mptvimages: the Motion Picture and Television Photo Archive. This complete anthology of Avery’s work includes outtakes and contact sheets, with over half of the material never-before-seen. All images are reproduced to the finest quality yet seen in print.

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Photo of the Day: K-NARF: Best Regards from Paris #34

Photo of the Day: K-NARF: Best Regards from Paris #34