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Noteworthy Photography

  • Burning Flags Press
    The website of Glen E. Friedman. Renowned for both his work with musicians like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slayer (and many, many more) as well as his groundbreaking documentation of the burgeoning skateboard phenomenon in the late `70's, Glen has been privvy to (and has summarily captured on film) some of the coolest stuff ever. He's also an incredibly insightful and nice guy to boot.
  • SoHo Blues - Photography by Allan Tannenbaum
    Allan Tannenbaum is a local photographer who has been everywhere and shot everything, from members of Blondie hanging out at the Mudd Club through the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th. You could spend hours on this site, and I have.
  • Robert Otter Photographs
    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
  • oboylephoto
    Just some intensely cool photographs of abandoned places.
  • Rikki Ercoli's Legends of Punk
    Much like Glen E. Friedman (see above), Rikki Ercoli has managed to catch some amazing bands in their manic element.
  • Lost & Found Film
    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
    NYC landmarks shot through a pinhole lens. Neat-o.
  • Eugene Merinov
    Compelling shots of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave band performing live in various long-lost venues in a pre-sanitized New York City. Great stuff!
  • Edward Colver

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December 26, 2017

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NoOriginalArt

My son was in town for the holidays and wanted to see the Ai Wei Wei installation at Washington Square, which led us to wandering roughly down the route shown in the video. (I say roughly because my younger daughter pulled us up short to demand we go to the Holiday Market at Union Square. Which is a waste of time unless you're a suburban tourist who never shops at farmers' markets or art fairs.) Since I don't live in the area anymore, it was kind of a shock to not see any street vendors or musicians, or for that matter, any trash. Maybe because it was freaky ass cold that day, maybe because the local merchants had cleaned up the place for the holiday shoppers: but you could see that gentrification had placed its charming vintage art hands on the neighborhood and strangled it. I used to know all the streets and old landmarks, but after so many blocks I felt lost and even fearful I was developing early onset dementia. ('Wait, there used to be a bar on this corner. I quaffed many a draft there.' 'Mom, that was a THOUSAND YEARS AGO. It's obviously a gluten free bakery now.') It wasn't until we got back to 5th Avenue that I realized the whole place has changed so much, my time there might as well have been back during the Cretaceous Age. Everything's been buried under layers of faux brick and copper sheathing.

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