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What exactly is FUCKING NEW YORK about?
FUCKING NEW YORK is about fucking New York.
FUCKING NEW YORK is the idea that when you live in New York City, you’re in a relationship with it, turned up to eleven. If this is true—if you’re in a relationship with the city—then what would sex with the city look like? What would it feel like? How would you fuck New York?
The initial images from the series were released in 2013 and immediately garnered attention from the press including Refinery29, Gothamist, PDN, Animal New York, and many other international media outlets. Within weeks FUCKING NEW YORK gained a worldwide following. What started as a summer project on the Lower East Side suddenly grew into a life-changing juggernaut spanning four years, bigger and better than I could've ever imagined.
FUCKING NEW YORK brought together New Yorkers of all ages, shapes, sizes, social, and ethnic backgrounds. Those people brought the mix of intense carnality and playful humor I was looking for, and helped breathe life into FUCKING NEW YORK.
In addition to the photographs themselves, the book will also feature two conversations about the book, its inspirations, and the issues it raises. I chose to talk to one woman and one man: artist Molly Crabapple, and writer Sasha Frere-Jones. It will also include an art piece by Stoya, titled FUCKING EVERYTHING. (Stoya is also featured on the cover of Collector's Edition, and inside all editions of the book.) Finally, more than 2/3 of the photos will be previously unreleased and exclusive to the book.
Why a physical hardcover book?
The internet has made it possible to enjoy many things from our computers and mobile phones; but there are still some things that cannot be replicated on a computer screen. A book, or an art print, resonates with the viewer in a deeper, more personal way. There is a personal investment involved by taking the time to turn the pages of a book and appreciate the tactile nature of the medium; time moves differently as you pause to admire the details in an image that you might have otherwise quickly scrolled past on a screen. This is also why FUCKING NEW YORK will not be available as a digital download.
FUCKING NEW YORK was conceived as a book from the very beginning. To ensure that the experience of exploring the pages matches the imagery contained inside, the book will be printed in Verona, Italy, at the same facility The Metropolitan Museum of Art prints their catalogs and whose printers are regarded as the best in the world.
By preordering via Kickstarter you can own a copy of FUCKING NEW YORK for a special advance price of only $65 until June 21. Very limited amounts may (or may not) be available afterwards, so the only way to reserve your own copy of the book is to preorder it before June 21.
Fucking New York GALLERY SHOWS:
“FUCKING NEW YORK”
The Hub Gallery Soho, New York, May 2016
“Girls! Girls! Girls!”
group show with Richard Kern, Jason Lee Parry, Kareem Black, Magdalena Wosinska, et al.
Max Fish Gallery, New York, September 2015
group show with Samantha Keely Smith, Fawad Khan & Christos Karantzolas
Wallplay Gallery, New York, April 2015
“The Classical Elements: A Photographic Interpretation”
group show with Spencer Tunick, Erica Simone, et al.
Kinfolk Gallery, Brooklyn, March 2015
“DIRTY: The Lovers' Hangover”
group show with Pasha Setrova, Reka Nyari, et al.
The Museum of Sex, New York, February 2015, group show
Dom Omladine, Belgrade, September 2013
group show with Elizabeth Waugh, Erica Simone, Natalie de Segonzac, et al.
Reverse Gallery, Brooklyn, August 2013
“Dig the New Breed”
Anroy Gallery, London, September 2011
ON/OFF, Paris, October 2011