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This publication presents David Godlis’ best street photography from the 1970s and ’80s in a succinct celebration of New York’s and Boston’s past. The book is introduced by cultural critic Luc Sante who writes, “Godlis is an inquisitive photographer, nosy without being rude, always vitally interested in people and how they occupy and employ their city.” The book closes with an afterword by Blondie cofounder and guitarist Chris Stein who comments, “David is as great an art photographer as the greats. He’s not just referencing his predecessors, Robert Frank, Brassai, Arbus, Vivian Maier, Bruce Gilden etc. He’s there with these guys in technique, psychology and spirit.”

Godlis bought his first 35mm camera in 1970 and has made it his mission to capture the world on film just as it appears to him in reality: midnight diner patrons, stoop loiterers, commuters en route to the nearest subway station. Godlis frames everyday events in an arresting manner, with an acute sense of humor and pathos.

David Godlis (b.1951) is most famous for his photographs of New York City’s punk scene, taken in the natural light of the Bowery outside the club CBGB. His images from that time, which include Blondie, The Ramones and Pattie Smith, were published in the cult book, History is Made at Night.

Godlis has been the unofficial official photographer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center since the late 1980s. For over 40 years, his practice has consisted of walking around the streets of first Boston and later New York City and shooting whatever catches his eye. This is the first book dedicated to his street photography.


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ISBN: 978-1-909526-73-0
Hardback, 128pp; 245 x 200 mm / 9.5 x 7.75 in.
100 b/w photographs

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