New and Used.
Photographs by Marc Joseph. Edited by Damon Krukowski. Interview with Aaron Rose. Numerous contributing writers.
Steidl, Gottingen, 2006. 150 pp., 60 color illustrations, 8¾x11".
Growing up in Ohio in the 1970s, photographer Marc Joseph’s first
exposure to art, writing and music came through the eccentric smaller
book and record shops of downtown Cleveland. Most Saturday afternoons
were spent combing through the stacks in anticipation of a major
future purchase—like his first, London Calling by the Clash—or studying
certain talismanic book covers like George Orwell’s Animal Farm or
Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. This was the beginning of Joseph’s permanent
fascination with books and records—both as public artworks and as
formative private experiences.
New and Used is a collection of richly detailed color photographs of hardcovers,
paperbacks, LPs, CDs and cassettes, either shelved, piled, boxed and
stacked in their increasingly endangered natural environments—independent
book and record shops—or individually silhouetted like artifacts
pinned into shadow-boxes. Together with editor Damon Krukowski, the
artist has assembled a collection of short fiction, prose, poems and personal
essays by writers and musicians including Thurston Moore of Sonic
Youth, novelists Dennis Cooper and Jonathan Lethem, critic and curator
Bob Nickas, poet Eileen Myles and others, all of whom respond to the
New and Used of their own experience. Other contributing writers include Stephen Elliott,
Shelley Jackson, Jeremy Sigler, Ian Svenonious and Nick Tosches.