Wanted: Directory by Ari Marcopolous
May 25th, 2011
It looks like a phonebook, it feels like a phonebook – with one big difference: we won’t be using this one as a doorstop. Directory, a 1,200 page retrospective on the 30-year career of Ari Marcopolous, is one hefty tribute to contemporary counterculture. The veteran Dutch photog got his state-side start in the 80s copying prints for the king of pop art, Andy Warhol, and since then has applied his documentarian’s instincts to snapping candid moments in youth subculture.
As the unofficial tag-along photographer to the likes of The Beastie Boys and underground skate/graffiti/hip hop crowds, Marcopolous’ street cred precedes him. The gritty black and white images feature urban landscapes, street sports, and graffiti, but the raw, naked (sometimes literally) portraits – Thurston Moore, Warhol, Basquiat in the bathtub – steal the show.
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