Posted in books | music | tour dates on November 7, 2013

Tod Seelie

NYC photographer Tod Seelie has been taking pictures of New York City since 1999 (including some for BrooklynVegan), and he's now compiled selections from his 14 years of photographing the city into a new book, Bright Nights. In a piece on the new book, Animal New York writes:

[Tod] has been shooting iconic New York -- not your shiny postcard tourist New York, not your banal work-a-day New York. Seelie shoots sweaty basement DIY shows, firey tall-bike jousting Bike Kill, Swoon's Swimming Cities trash-art-rafts on the Hudson River, lawless block parties, artists, train-hoppers, anti-heroes -- our heroes. He's kayaked to abandoned hospitals on New York's lesser known islands, crawled down subway tunnels and climbed bridges. Name a place. He knows how to get there. I've asked him, "How?"

"If you see an island and there's water in the way, get a boat," he says, smiling. "Figure it out."

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For two months, Seelie sifted through 14 years of New York photographs, film rolls and negative stacks, mating deliberate diptychs for the book. "That's at my ex-girlfriend at my old apartment in Bed-Stuy in 2003... That's my friend Porkchop in Staten Island on the train tracks in mid-2000s. It was like a playground out there."

Why now? "I'm trying not be an art handler anymore. I have to start having a career," he says. "There're all these hacks doing boring photography. I'm doing something wrong."

The book is being celebrated with a party in Brooklyn at Silent Barn tonight (11/7), which includes sets from local rock bands The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, Amour Obscur, and Japanther, whose Ian Vanek contributed an essay to the book. Advance tickets to tonight's show are off-sale but there may still be tickets at the door..

Tonight's party is about a week and a half ahead of Tod's book tour, which includes dates in Asbury Park and Philly but no other NYC dates at the moment. All dates (many venues still TBA) are listed below...

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Tod Seelie -- 2013/2014 Tour Dates
Nov. 7th - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ Japanther, The So So Glos, The Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock and Amour Obscur
Nov. 18th - Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
Nov. 20th - Boston, MA @ ?
Nov. 21st - Providence, RI @ 186 Carpenter
Nov. 23rd - Montreal, CA @ ?
Nov. 24th - Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean
Nov. 25th - Syracuse, NY @ ?
Nov. 26th - Rochester, NY @ ?
Nov. 27th - Buffalo, NY @ ?
Nov. 30th - Toronto, CA @ ?
Dec. 7th - Miami, FL @ Select Art Fair during Art Basel
Dec. 12th - Philadelphia, PA @ Space 1026
Dec. 13th - Asbury Park, NY @ Parlor Gallery (subject to change)
Dec. 17th - Baltimore, MD @ Atomic Books
Dec. 18th - Richmond, VA @ ?
Dec. 20th - Asheville, NC @ ?
Dec. 21st - Atlanta, GA @ ?
Dec. 22nd - Gainesville, FL @ ?
April 24th - Vancouver, BC @ Hot Art Wet City

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Comments (6)

Thank you for the dates and I will be happy to witness this on the month of December in one of their shows. Looking forward!

Posted by Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon | November 7, 2013 10:52 AM

Oh great, a post-1999 book of photos of hipsters pretending to be gritty pre-Giuliani NYC. BARF.

"That's at my ex-girlfriend at my old apartment in Bed-Stuy in 2003... That's my friend Porkchop in Staten Island on the train tracks in mid-2000s. It was like a playground out there."

Yeah, those bad wild lawless old days of 2003-05 LOL. What a joke.

Hey dumbass kayaking to abandoned hospitals isn't "another New York", New York before Giuliani became mayor is another New York, you missed it, and your book doesn't come close.

Posted by D | November 7, 2013 1:40 PM

Tod Rules. D's mad because his hairline's receded.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 6:10 PM

I have a full head of hair, thanks.

You're the balding bitch or you wouldn't be commenting on my hair or your perceived lack thereof.

So tell me how this is hipster capturing "another New York" when he's talking about fuckin' 2003?

Posted by D | November 7, 2013 6:16 PM

I looked at his photos.
Nothing groundbreaking, but he is a good photographer.
Some photos are quite good.
As good or better as the "hacks" he stated about.
Should do ok. Should get a big show sometime.
Some shots are worth money and hanging on the wall.
More power to you art handler.
I understand you plight to say "F" to art handling.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 10:01 PM

Many of these pictures truly caused some strong emotions in me. Stay strong and united. This is the face of change!

Posted by Nathan | February 27, 2014 6:37 AM

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