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Langdon Clay

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Langdon Clay: 42nd Street, 1979
Langdon Clay: 42nd Street, 1979
STEIDL

The gritty neon charm of late ’70s Times Square

Clth, 9.75 x 11.5 in. / 128 pgs / 100 color. | 2/7/2023 | Awaiting stock
$80.00



Langdon Clay: Cars
Langdon Clay: Cars
STEIDL

Hbk, 14.25 x 11.25 in. / 206 pgs / 96 color. | 12/6/2016 | Not available
$95.00



Langdon Clay: 42nd Street, 1979Langdon Clay: 42nd Street, 1979

Published by Steidl.
Text by Langdon Clay.

42nd Street, 1979 contains Langdon Clay’s (born 1949) photos of a quintessential strip of 42nd Street near New York’s Times Square—showing its gritty neon charm before it became the more Disney/Las Vegas hub for theater concoctions that we know today.

Clay recalls the drab and dusty mood in New York City at the end of the 1970s: the political sea change wrought by the Vietnam War and Haight Ashbury had given way to a sense of apathy, intensified by the aftermath of an oil crisis and the lingering Cold War. The stretch of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues had now shifted from the glorious home of gilded movie palaces of the 1940s to the shadowy site of porn theaters which many saw as the area’s ruin. Yet here real-estate moguls saw potential to transform this heart of Manhattan into a mecca of tourism, framed by skyscrapers and shaped by commerce and fast pleasures. “It was with this coming change written on every wall that I sought to record for posterity that famous block between 7th and 8th Avenues,” says Clay.



PUBLISHER
Steidl

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 9.75 x 11.5 in. / 128 pgs / 100 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Forthcoming

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: SPRING 2018 p. 35   

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ISBN 9783958292819 TRADE
List Price: $80.00 CDN $107.50

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STATUS: Forthcoming | 2/7/2023

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Langdon Clay: CarsLangdon Clay: Cars

New York City, 1974–1976

Published by Steidl.
Forward by Luc Sante.

From 1974 to 1976, Langdon Clay (born 1949) photographed the cars he encountered while wandering the streets of New York City and nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, at night. Shot in Kodachrome with a Leica and deftly lit with then-new sodium vapor lights, the pictures feature a distinct array of makes and models set against the gritty details of their surrounding urban and architectural environments, and occasionally the ghostly presence of people.

“I experienced a conversion of sorts in making a switch from the ‘decisive moment’ of black and white to the marvel of color, a world I was waking up to every day,” Clay writes of this work. “At the time it seemed like an obvious and natural transition. What was less obvious was how to reflect my world of New York City in color … I discovered that night was its own color and I fell for it.”

Langdon Clay was born in New York City in 1949. He grew up in New Jersey and Vermont and attended school in New Hampshire and Boston. Clay moved to New York in 1971 and spent the next sixteen years photographing there, around the country and in Europe for various magazines and books. In 1987 he moved to Mississippi where he has since lived with his wife, photographer Maude Schuyler Clay, and their three children.

PUBLISHER
Steidl

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 14.25 x 11.25 in. / 206 pgs / 96 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of stock indefinitely

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2016 p. 64   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783958291713 TRADE
List Price: $95.00 CDN $127.50

AVAILABILITY
Not available

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.