Invisible City.  Photographs by Ken Schles.
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Invisible City.

Photographs by Ken Schles.
Twelvetrees Press, Pasadena, USA, 1988. 72 pp., 60 sheet-fed gravure plates, 7x9".

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1988 Twelvetrees Press FIRST EDITION limited to 2000 copies.

For a decade Ken Schles watched the passing of time from his lower east side Manhattan neighborhood. His camera fixed the instances of his observations, and these moments have become the foundation of his invisible city. Friends and architecture come under the scrutiny of his lens, and when sorted and viewed in the pages of this book a remarkable achievement of personal vision emerges.

'An homage of sorts to Weegee's 1945 Naked City, Invisible City is a grainy, dark, impressionistic portrait of urban life. Unlike Weegee, who made New York seem like a theater of sentimentality and cornball humor, Ken Schles wants to point to its spiritual poverty. Individually, the photographs range wildly in quality, but the book's layout and sequence give them a minor-key vitality and an unkempt brilliance.' —Andy Grundberg, from the New York Times Book Review. Chosen by Mr. Grundberg as one of the ten best books of 1988. Beautifully printed in gravure.

photo-eye has only one copy of this 1988 FIRST EDITION available.
Condition: Crease to the front board, dust jacket edges slightly worn and partial MoMA price sticker on inside front flap of dust jacket.

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