Exhibitions: Ken Schles Revisits the "Invisible" New York of the 1980s

By David Schonauer   Friday March 6, 2015

Today the Lower East Side of Manhattan is filled with boutique restaurants and gleaming hotels; in the 1980s it was, in photographer Ken Schles’s words, “a war zone.” Schles moved there in 1978 at the age of 17, and, notes Feature Shoot, documented the wreckage of the following decade, from heroin epidemic to AIDS crisis. In 1988 he published his photographs in the book Invisible City, which quickly became a collector’s item. At Slate, Schles describes how a series of serendipitous events led to the recent re-issuing of Invisible City by Steidl. His images are also now on view at the Howard Greenberg Gallery  in New York City. “To make Invisible City was a way for me to say ‘What is this that I’m experiencing and why is it different from everything I’ve been told?” he says.

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