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Invisible City

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Images Imagine Us As We Imagine Images

Essay for the Noorderlicht blog: “But I can’t help but connect Agee’s idea that sight “constantly formed by, and as constantly form(s)” the mind to Heidegger’s idea that language speaks us as we speak language, because now I must also conclude that images imagine us as we imagine images.” Read full post Advertisements

Tilted Arc Backstory: Ken Schles “Drowned In Sorrow”

I just wrote a piece for the site Tilted Arc. It starts: “This is Audrey. She lived on my couch for about six weeks after her parents threw her out. She worked as a model for the then teenage fashion impresario, Andre Walker, a fixture in the downtown club scene. She was dating another friend, also … Continue reading

A Night Walk

In 2011, Harper Levine from Harper’s Books asked three photographic book artists to make something special to show in Harper’s exhibition booth in the Grand Palais during Paris Photo. Alec Soth took his book, Sleeping Along the Misssissippi, and replaced all the images with c-prints, John Gossage changed the “direction” of his book, The Pond, so a reader would take a reverse journey through the book back … Continue reading

A Suspension of Memory

New Daylight Digital edition: A Suspension of Memory Ken Schles in collaboration with Alan Rapp Ken Schles’ Invisible City was published in 1988 to wide acclaim, both for Schles’ remarkably strong personal vision, and for its seminal description of New York City’s East Village in all its decaying glory. It was named a New York … Continue reading

Invisible No Longer

In 2008, at the photo festival in Arles, the photographer Martin Parr dedicated his Playas book to me: To Ken, Invisible no longer. It was one of the first times we met, but immediately I knew the reference was a nod to my first book, Invisible City. By then the book had already been out of print for twenty … Continue reading

Berkeley: Invisible City

We know a place best through the intimacies of contact: through direct and meaningful encounters with people situated in the everyday; through the tactile surfaces of walls and flesh and streets—and through the mythos that we distill from each and every one of those encounters. The world seeps into us: it colors and transforms how … Continue reading

Photoworld Interview

Xingjiang, a reporter from Photoworld magazine in China, interviewed me about Ken Schles: Invisible City, A Digital Resource, the digital photobook I did with Matt Johnston of the Photobook Club in England (link below). The magazine belongs to the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the national news agency of China. In January they ran a feature … Continue reading

The Look Of Love

About six weeks ago both my aged parents died. They had a dual funeral. Their coffins were lowered side by side, simultaneously into their grave. After hearing of this, more than one person has asked me if they were in an accident. There had been no accident. They died independently of each other, in separate … Continue reading

A Call from the Wilderness, or What Gets Lost and What Gets Created

[New blog entry for the FOAM Museum  Blog in Amsterdam. This is how they describe it: Foam Blog’s heavyweight Ken Schles is back. Here he acknowledges the important role programmes like Noorderlicht play in supporting the development of an artist’s practice.] Far from it for me to second-guess policy concerning the Eurozone’s economic crisis or make … Continue reading

Invisible City: A Critical Study

A Special Weekend Post at Verve Photo: Photographer Ken Schles and Matthew Johnston from the Photobook Club present the iBook version of Invisible City. You can download it for your iPad from the link below. It contains all of the original photos and text plus additional material. Read more… About this iBook: Currently for the iPad only.