Ken Schles, INVISIBLE CITY, 1988

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front


Publisher Jack Woody apparently told Schles ” I want to publish your book, it is so depressing”. This dark, small format book takes you on a journey through New York’s Manhattan Lower East Side. Dark and grainy, shaky and highly energetic. Ken Schles’s images of this disturbing and dangerous Manhattan (pre-gentrification and during the spread of the AIDS epidemic) were taken over a period of ten years. Visually wandering between William Klein’s Life is good & good for you in New York, Ed van der Elsken’s Love on the Left Bank and Daido Moriyama’s Bye bye Photography (写真よさようなら), this book is one of the highlights published in the 1980s.

Wonderfully printed and published by Twelvetrees Press in 1988 and republished by Steidl in 2014.

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Hard cover with dust jacket

84 pages (including front and end papers)

App. 17.8 x 23.1cm

Cover back and front

Cover back and front


Title page with Ken Schles's signature

Title page with Ken Schles’s signature