Within Arm’s Reach.
Photographs by Ari Marcopoulos. Edited and with Text by Stephanie Cannizzo.
JRP|RINGIER, 2010. 136 pp., 50 color and 62 tritone illustrations, 8½x11".
Born in Amsterdamin 1957, AriMarcopoulos came
to NewYork in 1979 and quickly became part of a
downtown art scene that included Jean-Michel
Basquiat, Keith Haring and RobertMapplethorpe.
Since then,Marcopoulos has become recognized
as a leading documentarian of contemporary culture,
having chronicled the emerging hip hop
scene, shot snowboarders in action and revealed
the vicissitudes of his family life.Marcopoulos
always appears to have forged a strong connection
with the people he photographs,whether celebrated
figures—fromAndyWarhol to Kiki Smith,
John Cage to LL Cool J—ormore obscure personalities,
so that he captures,without sentimentality
or voyeurism, the intimate sensation of their daily
lives.His images are particular to a time and place,
but reach out to us via familiar themes such as
family and the longing for adventure.The first retrospective
onMarcopoulos,Within Arm’s Reach
collects work fromthree decades, and is supplemented
with an essay by Stephanie Cannizzo.