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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/21/2023

ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'

Saturday, October 21, from 1–3 PM, International Center of Photography presents photographer Stephen Hilger and Purple Martin Press publisher Peter Kayafas for the launch and signing of Hilger's new monograph, In the Alley. Please join us in the ICP Store for a brief conversation about Hilger’s photography in Los Angeles; the influence of Hollywood and film on Hilger’s work and other photographers' work; ideas around the perception of public and private spaces; social facades and the reality behind them; and the photo book as an object, followed by a book signing.

ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'

About the Book
This leporello publication presents Brooklyn-based photographer Stephen Hilger’s (born 1975) color photographs of service alleys and the backside of houses separating the public from the private in the affluent suburb of Beverly Hills, California—a more anomalous view of the place by depicting the physical and symbolic spaces behind the homes of the area’s wealthy residents. Eva Díaz has written that Hilger’s emphasis suggests that “Beverly Hills is actually two cities, a ‘front’ city of impeccably maintained homes and a ‘back’ city that covertly services the front illusion. Hilger photographed their graffiti, security signage, crammed garbage cans, unaesthetic car parks and overgrown vegetation; the maintenance staff who work nearby; and the alleys’ most indelible feature, narrow, high walls that denote a claustrophobic refusal of inspection.”

ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'

In the Alley features 22 panoramic photographs in a leporello-folded format so the reader can leaf through the photographs or expand the book-object for display. An essay by novelist Matthew Specktor maps out the significance of Hilger’s alley views in the context of personal histories and Hollywood stories. In a conversation, Hilger and photographer James Welling discuss their respective practices.

ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'

'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley' book launch
Saturday, October 21: 1–3 PM
International Center of Photography
79 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
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ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'
ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'
ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'
ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'
ICP presents the launch of 'Stephen Hilger: In the Alley'

Stephen Hilger: In the Alley

Stephen Hilger: In the Alley

Purple Martin Press
Hbk, 10 x 7 in. / 66 pgs / 22 color.

$55.00  free shipping