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New book "Autograf, New York City's Graffiti Writers"

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Available at Fine Book Stores Nationwide and

www.powerHouseBooks.com

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

powerHouse Books is thrilled to announce the release of

 

 

Autograf

New York City’s Graffiti Writers

 

 

Photographs by Peter Sutherland

Text by REVS

 

 

 

A controversial art form and provocative cultural phenomenon, graffiti has

inestimably influenced our entire environment—from music and fashion to

advertising, architecture, and graphic arts. Yet it is an illegal activity, which

makes its practitioners wanted criminals. Motivated by a desire for

self-expression and recognition, the act of marking one’s territory is done at the risk of

severe consequences including fines and jail time. Graffiti writers are

outlaws, unknown artists whose faces are known only to their peers. Treated as

criminals by the law and dismissed as artists by the establishment, writers are

perceived as either alluring anti-heroes or loathsome vandals, and usually remain

anonymous to their audience. But not to photographer Peter Sutherland.

 

 

With an eye for style, Sutherland captures all of the gritty glory and

glamour of the graffiti world and its warriors. Collected for the first time in

Autograf: New York City’s Graffiti Writers, Sutherland presents a

never-before-seen chronicle of the people and places that populate New York’s famed graff

scene. Featuring old-school legends FUTURA, STAY HIGH 149, LADY PINK and DOZE—as

well as REVS, COPE 2, KAWS, CYCLE, CLAW, VFRESH, KR, EARSNOT, SERF, MINT, RATE,

SACER, UFO, MERZ, NATO, DSENSE, 323, KORN, EWOK, JEST, OZE 108, DONA, MYNOCK

21, SEMZ, KSER, SEMEN, DIVA, PEEK, GLACER, NYMZ, JAKEE, ARTZ, MUK, LASE,

MOSCO, GEN 2, PEZ, SARE, CINIK, SINCE, ZER, NET, MADE, SAME, REHAB, GOAL, YEAR,

FANTA, KECH, AREA, and DECK—each one of the portraits is authentically tagged by

the individual  writers using the same paint markers that brought them fame.

Complemented by over fifty landscape photographs and featuring handwritten text

by legendary recluse REVS, Autograf  is the only book to showcase New York

City’s graffiti scene as it was created and defined by some of the most prolific

artists of our time.

 

 

~EXHIBITION~

 

June 17- August 3, 2004

Cc:room

(Circleculture Cc:)

Gipsstrasse 11, Berlin

 

 

Peter Sutherland is a filmmaker and photographer who was born in Ann Arbor,

Michigan in 1976 and raised in Colorado. A move to NYC in 1998 prompted his

first feature documentary, Pedal, a film about NYC bike messengers that is

currently airing on the Sundance Channel. Sutherland also worked as director of

photography on Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator, a documentary about Gator, a

famous skateboarder who was convicted of murder in 1991. Directed by Helen

Stickler, Stoked premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and was released

theatrically by Palm Pictures in August 2003. Sutherland is a contributing

photographer to magazines including Vice, Tokion, Nylon, Paper, and XLR8R, and has

done commercial photographic work for Nike and Vice Records. He has shown his

work at the Rivington Arms gallery and at 255 Elizabeth Space, both in New

York. Sutherland lives and works in New York City.

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY/ANTISOCIAL EXPRESSIONISM

Hardcover 7.75 x 10.25 inches, 120 pages

23 black-and-white and 88 four-color photographs

ISBN 1-57687-203-3 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $29.95

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It's a dope book, but if you want some graffiti you'll be disappointed. It is interesting to see how the writers how chosen to have thieir portraits taken and the photos themselves are beautiful. Think of it more as a photography book than a graf book.

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