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Martha Cooper talks Yakuza, Subway Art, China, Graffiti and 1Up Crew

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Recorded right in midtown at a spot called Grind.NoMad, today’s guest on the show is Martha Cooper. In this episode we talk about the Peace Corps, traveling across Asia, publishing books, capturing the Yakuza, anthropology, street play, photography, National Geographic, the New York Post and documenting graffiti culture as well as street art.

Thumbnail Photography by Urban Nation

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Show Notes

  1. Shanghai, China
  2. Peace Corps
  3. Hippies of the 60’s
  4. “All the pieces fit together…”
  5. Hip Hop
  6. Street Art
  7. Subway Art Book
  8. 50 Publisher Proposals
  9. Henry Chalfant
  10. Hip Hop Files 2004 Book
  11. Germany
  12. Percolating in Europe -Hip hop
  13. “Art Bubble” Amon Focus
  14. Art Basel
  15. Wynwood
  16. Shinola
  17. Tattoo Book took 40 years to publish
  18. Find the ideal time to present your work
  19. Yakuza tattoos
  20. Showing sincere interest
  21. Japan
  22. Peace Corps 1963-1965
  23. John F. Kennedy started Peace Corps
  24. Teaching English in Thailand
  25. Malawi, Africa
  26. English as a second language
  27. Smithsonian
  28. Yale
  29. Anthropology
  30. What advice would you give to surviving NY?
  31. National Geographic
  32. New York Post Editor Susan Welchman
  33. Freelance
  34. Gordon Parks
  35. “Sowebo/Soweto”
  36. Gentrification
  37. Bolt Bus
  38. ‘The Picture Lady’
  39. Hoe Avenue in the Bronx
  40. Habits of the trains
  41. Haiti stories: Kids making Toys
  42. Risk Quotient: keep it low
  43. Follow your Instincts
  44. 1Up Crew in Germany
  45. Cuba
  46. Capturing process
  47. *Kid Jumping over barrels in Central Park
  48. Lower East Side
  49. Riverside Park Snow Fort
  50. B-boying – Breaking Scene in New York
  51. When work takes up too much of your time
  52. 1980 NY Post Story on Breaking
  53. Dance Writer Village Voice with Martha Cooper
  54. Crazy Legs Break Dancer
  55. Rock Steady Group
  56. 12 Once
  57. *Adam Purple Garden
  58. Street Play Book by Martha Cooper
  59. Edwin or “HE3”
  60. You’re not going to make money from your book
  61. Still collecting stickers?
  62. Haven’t seen before, process haven’t seen before.
  63. “I’m trying to get a good picture…”
  64. “Maybe the best pictures might not be thief the best part”
  65. “It’s not just about the artists and the art”
  66. Photographers are a part of the Creative Ecosystem
  67. Atlanta Show “Then & Now”
  68. JR
  69. Bansky
  70. Go with your instincts
  71. Specialties in photography

Keys for Capturing Difficult Stories

  • Be Charming
  • Don’t be too quick to take photos
  • If they don’t want their pictures taken, don’t take them
  • Give back to the community
  • Gain trust
  • It’d a Give and take

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Greg Miller talks Painting, Westerns, Surf Culture and The Wild Bunch

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Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

Greg Miller and Amon met up in Chelsea to converse about painting, westerns, surf culture and his participation in the The Wild Bunch exhibition at the JoAnne Artman Gallery.

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Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

 

Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

 

Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

Artist Statement

Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his Californian roots, Greg Miller explores his relationship with the space he inhabits to communicate a particular urban experience. Working with both paint and collage, he constructs and deconstructs exploring the contradiction, ambiguity, and truth between urban streetscape and history.

Miller’s art is clever and cool. His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers provide a study in the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible. They grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy the momentary beauty found in the impermanent parts of our lives. There is a fragile heroicness conveyed within the temporary nature of it all, especially within his construction of paper, wood, and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth.

Greg Miller’s work is featured in numerous museum and private collections that have traveled internationally including those organized by the Charles Saatchi Collection and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection. The Get Go, a volume of his writings, photography and paintings, was published in 2010, and the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, Signs of the Nearly Actual, was published in 2008.

Miller spends his time between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

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Stephen Wilkes talks Passion, Magic and his documentary film Jay Myself

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Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

 

Today’s guest on the show is artist, photographer and first time director Stephen Wilkes.  Stephen is well known for his photographs of Ellis Island, Bethlehem Steel as well as being the creator of the panoramic photo-series Day To Night. Stephen is also the director of the new documentary film Jay Myself now playing at Film Forum. If you enjoyed last week’s episode with Jay Maisel then you’re going to love this conversation.

Big Love and Shout Out to Susan Norget Film Promotion

Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Keep Up to Date with Stephen Wilkes

Website: https://stephenwilkes.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/swilkesphoto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephenwilkes/

 

Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Show Notes

JAY MYSELF -Official Trailer

Production companies: Mind Hive Films, Crooked Mile
Distributor:Oscilloscope
Director:
Stephen Wilkes
Screenwriter:Josh Alexander
Producers:
Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi, Bette Wilkes
Executive producers:Stephen Wilkes, Jennie Wilkes, Michael Hirschmann
Directors of photography:
Stephen Wilkes,Jason Greene
Editor:Armando Croda
Composer:
Joel Goodman
Co-Executive Producer: Doug Blush
Additional Editing: Daniel Haworth
Music Supervisor:
Jonathan Finegold
Shout out to Chris!

Bethlehem Steel, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Bethlehem Steel, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Coney Island, New York, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Coney Island, New York, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Jay Maisel talks 65 Years of Shooting Photography

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Jay Maisel in his Brooklyn Studio // Photography by Stephen Wilkes

Jay Maisel and Amon met up for a fireside chat deep in the heart of midtown Manhattan. In this episode they talk about light, color, gesture, Arthur Miller, cigars, buying the “The Bank” also known as 190 Bowery, shooting 65 years worth of photography, editing and a new documentary by Stephen Wilkes called Jay Myself.

 

Big Love and Shout Out to Susan Norget Film Promotion

"'Red

Stay Up to Date with Jay Maisel

Website: https://www.jaymaisel.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaymaisel/

See the Film, Jay Myself: Film Forum

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Show Notes

 

"'Miles

  • “If you are not your own severest critic then you are your own worst enemy” Jay Maisel Quote
  • The difference between looking and seeing
  • Disassembling 190 Bowery
  • Drama vs. problem
  • Stephen Wilkes– Director & Photographer
  • Stephen Wilkes Website
  • Bob Kato– Professor & Art Director
  • Walk Slow
  • “It is not how much ground you cover it is what you see, it is what you look at…” Jay Maisel Quote
  • The Mercedes
  • New Yorkers are very kind
  • Almost New York
  • “New York is Manhattan.” Jay Maisel Quote
  • Rent in New York
  • Easier to live in New York
  • Milgrim Department Store
  • Jack Klein- Broker
  • Jasper Johns– American painter, sculptor and printmaker
  • Robert Indiana– Artist
  • Robert Rauschenberg– American painter and graphic artist
  • Provident Loan Society
  • Katz Delicatessen
  • Do you have more like this?
  • The best view of NY
  • I never took it for granted
  • St. Patrick’s Day 1966

 

"'First

 

"'Girl

  • “I want to make the poem out of the evidence.” – Arthur Miller Quote
  • Arthur Miller– American playwright, essayist
  • Composition and Framing
  • William Albert Allard– Photographer
  • Twining
  • Gesture
  • “Learn to see what is actually in front of you.” – Jay Maisel Quote
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Ayn Rand– Russian American Writer and philosopher

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