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Ken Schles
Night Walk

Photographs by Ken Schles

Steidl, 2014

First edition

Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket

162 pp., 107 b/w illustrations

173 x 232 mm

ISBN 978-3-86930-692-6

Item #1895

0.645 1895 EUR 50.00 Add to Cart

Twenty-five years after his seminal 1988 book, Invisible City, Ken Schles revisits his archive and fashions a narrative of lost youth: a delirious, peripatetic walk in the evening air of an irretrievable Downtown New York as he saw and experienced it. Night Walk is a substantive and intimate chronicle of New York’s last pre-Internet bohemian outpost, a stream-of-consciousness portrayal that peels back layers of petulance and squalor to expose the frisson and striving of a life lived amongst the rubble. Here Schles embodies the flâneur as Susan Sontag defines it, as a “connoisseur of empathy ... cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes.” We see in Night Walk a new and revelatoryUlysses for the twenty-first century: a searching tale of wonder and desire, life and love in the dying hulk of a ruined American city.

Read more:

ASX - Alex Bocchetto (Akina Books) interviews Ken SchlesNew York Times (review)L´Oeil de la Photographie (review)