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Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York compiles a decade and a half of pictures from a roiling underground of music and art and noise and mess. Organized aesthetically, the collection features friends and comrades tromping through basement rock shows and dirty parties, climbing up bridges, and descending into live subway tunnels.

About the Author

TOD SEELIE has taken pictures in more than 25 countries on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stones, Spin, Thrasher, VICE, Der Spiegel, New York Magazine, and Juxtapoz. Seelie displays his works on multiple websites including Sucka Pants, which he has maintained since 2004.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel USA (October 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791348558
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791348551
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, the book is entertaining and probably worth the purchase if you are entertained by the culture it documents. Despite the character present in many of the images the collection as a whole comes off as incomplete and amateur. The articles do little more than pimp the photographer. Many pictures are not only seemingly unrelated (a gored cat corpse, unexplained pictures of wires, etc.) but seriously lacking in quality. I often felt, reading this, that troves of content were hidden just off screen, around the corner, and that dream never came to fruition.
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Tod Seelie is the coolest. This book reminds me of all the worlds that are possible and that I need to leave my living room and go out to live my life, get in trouble, get dirty, replace my saw's blade, and make something memorable with my friends. XO
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This book sways. Between the brilliant, e.g. *Costumed racer" on page 58 (it was difficult to choose) to the terrible, e.g. "Ian V." on page 92 (it was difficult to choose). The "in the thick of it" vantage point of Seelie is quite unique and provides a engaging documentation of (my view) sticky remnants of what was NYC before being sanitized. The technique used is simple. Mostly high ISO, often with camera flash at full power and frontal. Seelie seems not to care much about these things. Its all about capturing the moment in an intensity that one can often literally smell. The comments delivered by contributors that seem mostly unified by mutual admiration for the Japanthers are interesting since they seem to have been written without knowing of each other's contribution despite the writers seeming to belong to a loosely connected group. But all in all, this is too much text as in most photographic books. Is this good for the coffee table? Maybe more for bars with heavier stuff....
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its more than taking great shots, its knowing where to be and being there. its about being trusted and unobtrusive within a scene that evades exploitation. tod isnt an observer, he's a member and participant. you just won't see images that capture the adventure like these every day, grab the book while you can.
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Tod seelie is the kind of die hard documentary photographer that you do not find these days! I could imagine him being a punk rock founding member of Magnum photos if the black label bike club was around in 1950. Tod lives and breathes this scene...one of the most authentic community of self expression on the planet. This book is a must have for anyone into counter-culture. This book is an instant classic and must have for your photobook library
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Seelie's photographs capture an array of communities in New York not often seen by the wider public. As the city changes and gentrifies, it is heartening to know the eccentric creativity of artists is still alive and well, if a bit harder to find. A cohesive and compelling volume.
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Back in 2002, on your way to a party in then-dicey BedStuy or still-gangster Bushwick, you often got the feeling "oh Jesus, where are we going?" Once you found that secret door, you entered a sweaty, crowded, loud-as-hell party in a catastrophically unsafe and completely illegal venue.

Anyone who went to those crazy parties surely encountered Todd Seelie, camera in hand, dangling from a makeshift platform, documenting underground noise/art punk bands, topless tattooed women throwing fists, public sex, and ugly haircuts. As yuppiedom has encroached further into Brooklyn, Todd has continued to work wherever broke artists and DIY punks are living the no-budget dream.

This beautifully printed book is the tip of the iceberg for a body of work spanning close to 20 years, and it maintains focus and superb image quality front to back. If you were there, wish you were there, or are curious to see just what was going on in those warehouses in the 00's, this book is a must-have.
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