I will be having a book published this year called "A Tale of Three Cities, New York, Berlin and Prague." A series of writers, artists and photographers from each city create a journey through time from the '60s to now. I act as a guide through it with some of my stories and photographs. Below is a statement by the editor and publisher of the book and I have included one of my photographs from the book that I took in New York City in 1980: The Spirit
Robert Carrithers / A Tale of Three Cities
edited by Louis Armand (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia)
This book aims to be both a critical catalogue-cum-retrospective of the photographic and curatorial work of New York-Berlin-Prague-based artist Robert Carrithers, and a constellation of personal documentaries of place and time by key contemporary writers, poets, musicians, designers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, editors, performers from within the New York, Berlin and Prague underground scenes from the late 1970s to the present whose work intersects with, and in many cases defines, the enduring character of those cities as it informs Carrithers’ project. In this respect, Robert Carrithers / A Tale of Three Cities is both collective and singular, tracing a cultural migration through three major cultural capitals at defining historical moments, from New York Post-Punk and No Wave, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and Reunification, to the Velvet Revolution and the Prague Renaissance.
The book will be released September 2017. We will have a book release and an exhibition of some work from the book in each city.
The Spirit – Ammo/Shawn McQuate: Ammo was a legendary performer and clothes designer at Club 57. Whenever he did something there, he captured the spirit of Club 57. I took this photo of him in his apartment in the East Village. He stayed up all night painting the wall for this photograph and for our photo session he danced ballet with a flower. He is presently living in Philadelphia, where he continues to make art.