Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000

Ash Thayer (Author) Dana Hoey (Contribution by)
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powerHouse Books
Publish Date
March 31, 2015
9.1 X 1.1 X 11.8 inches | 2.8 pounds
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About the Author

ASH THAYERis a photographer and multimedia visual artist based in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts, and a Masters of Fine Art from Columbia University in New York. Thayer has exhibited her work at venues including The Lawrence Miller Gallery and TheProposition Gallery in New York; the Berlin Art Fair; Kean College in New Jersey; The Museum of the City of New York; and The Chicago Art Institute.Her work is held in several public art collections including the Saatchi Gallery in London, The Chicago Art Institute, and The Museum of the City of NewYork. She has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University. She studied acting and directing at the Terry SchreiberStudio in New York, and has performed both on stage and in film


"Anyone wondering about the end of bohemia can consult this book, which documents its last incarnation, at least in New York City. Few bohemians can ever have worked as hard as the squatters, who earned their homes and their lives; they were rewarded with forcible and violent eviction. Ash Thayer's remarkable pictures chronicle a time, only two decades ago, that seems impossibly distant now."
--Luc Sante, Author of Low Life

"Thayer's work here is a time capsule, a vision of a way things were, a city that once was. It reminds us that the DIY spirit is in the heart of this city. We must, against all pressures, show those who come after that there are other ways."
--Jesse Bransford, Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU

"Captures a remarkable period in NYC's recent history"
-The Guardian

"Thayer's own experience squatting in the Lower East Side is evident in every photo. Hers was a rarefied vantage, one where the lens of an outsider would never have been welcome. Kill City is a unique opportunity to experience New York City at a turning point, just before its last revolutionary vestiges faded away."
-The Daily Mail

"Unlike most journalists and photographers, who often time gave squatters 'bad press, ' Ms. Thayer was able to document the movement and her friends through a lens of intimacy that has rarely been captured."
-New York Observer

"Thayer's pictures document a poignant divide between then and now, depicting a New York that's unimaginable today."
-Time Out New York

"The photographs, in both hazy color and black and white, are shot with celestial lighting in a direct, candid style"
-Fast Company

"every so often, images or stories come along that stop us in our tracks "


As Seen In:
The New Yorker
American Photo (Best Photo Books of Spring 2015)
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