Published by Radius Books. Text by Amy Stein-Milford, Sean Corcoran.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New Mexico–based photographers David Scheinbaum (born 1951) and Janet Russek (born 1947) started photographing New York’s Lower East Side in 1999, and have chronicled a time of extraordinary transformation.
Undergoing rapid gentrification into a “hipster” neighborhood, the future of the Lower East Side is now unclear. In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added the neighborhood to its list of America’s Most Endangered Places, and many believe the cultural institutions and ideologies that established the Lower East Side are disappearing forever.
Throughout its history, New York’s Lower East Side has reflected the cultural demographics of the city and fostered a rich cultural environment for immigrant life, becoming the home to many ethnic groups.
With this volume, Scheinbaum and Russek capture remnants of history through their intimate portraits of iconic places such as Katz's Deli, Essex Street Market, Orchard Corset and Streit's Matzo.
Published by Damiani. Introduction by Brian Hardgroove. Text by Michael Eric Dyson, Gaye Theresa Johnson. Interview with Frank H. Goodyear III.
Since its inception in the 1970s, hip hop music and the culture surrounding it has become a hugely influential and popular musical form in America and around the world. Its popularity extends beyond the urban centers where it was born, and pervades and influences youth culture around the globe. However, few artists have created serious and powerful photographs that explore the breadth of the phenomenon. With this volume, David Scheinbaum has done just that. His portraits of Erykah Badu, Chuck D., George Clinton, Common, Mos Def, Del-Tha Funkee Homosapien, Sage Francis, Professor Griff, KRS One, Mike Relm, Tajai, Wu-Tang Clan and Yelawolf (among others) approach hip hop as a positive cultural influence akin to the youth movement of the 1960s. Scheinbaum’s photographs are accompanied by essays by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Michael Eric Dyson, an artist conversation with Frank H. Goodyear III and an introduction by Brian Hardgroove of Public Enemy.