Ricky Powell-A Trip to Old New York w/ Elite Daily *Video

Ricky Powell, the legendary photographer and self-described individualist, is the quintessential New Yorker. The unofficial “fourth Beastie Boy” who refers to himself as “The Lazy Hustler,” is a West Village native who’s seen New York change rapidly over the past five decades.
Elite TV caught up with Ricky Powell in his stomping grounds of the West Village, where he broke down everything from hanging with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to being on tour with the likes of Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

Jason Goldwatch & 13thWitness-Watch & Witness-Death Valley *Video

Mass Appeal’s premiere photographic documentary series WATCHxWITNESS recently wove through the South West. With a sense of adventure and mischievous wonderment, the two dudebros Jason Goldwatch and 13thWitness captured epic imagery of both humanity’s beautiful gradients and nature’s grand intentions – traveling West on a road trip to no where in particular.

Under the guidance of the two’s explicit mantra “EXPLORE EVERYTHING” the co-conspirators push urban exploration and photography experimentation’s edge to capture incredible night skies, unending valleys, awe-inspiring rock formations and curious desert residents. The result? The creation of both stunning still and moving images.

WATCHxWITNESS combines the visual talents of infamous director, Jason Goldwatch and enigmatic photographer 13thWitness, bringing viewers a documentary-style expedition through some of the world’s most harrowing and stunning locales, where the duo ventures to retrieve images meant to arrest audiences through shock and awe.

Through their moving images, you will see the intersection of past and present, and human kind’s innate ability to adapt and reinterpret.

Jason Goldwatch & 13thWitness-Watch & Witness (Detroit) w/ Mass Appeal *Video

The WATCHxWITNESS series is half adrenalin rush / half shutter battle between visionaries Jason Goldwatch & 13thWitness. The duo venture to the places that most people fear, and they retrieve images that both arrest and caress. In the end, what we see is the intersection of past and present, and human kind’s innate ability to adapt and reinterpret. One man’s abandoned train depot is another man’s Technicolor disco. Welcome to the reflections bounced from a modern-day glitter ball.

Jon Naar-Interview w/ Stussy *Graffiti *Vimeo

Jon Naar was one of the first photographers to document the early days of New York City graffiti in the 1970’s. The photos were first published in his legendary book entitled “Faith Of Graffiti”, complete with a forward from Norman Mailer.

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Meet 92-year-old photographer Jon Naar as the New Jersey State Museum mounts a retrospective of the Trenton resident’s work. Before becoming a professional photographer at age 44, Naar was a British Secret Service agent in the Middle East during WWII and an international marketing executive. But in the early 1960s he met photographer André Kertész who encouraged him to follow his youthful passion and become a photographer. John Naar’s books include several early works about solar power and a collection of photographs documenting New York Graffiti. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A promotional video for The Birth of Graffiti by Jon Naar, published by Prestel, 2007. These photographs, all taken in New York City in the winter of 1973, evoke a vanished world and the origins of a major art movement. Jon Naar published several of these photographs in 1974 in the book The Faith of Graffiti with a text by Norman Mailer, but this volume contained over 100 previously unpublished photographs from that two week period in the mid-70s when Jon Naar captured history with his camera.

Join NJ State Museum Fine Art Curator Margaret O’Reilly as she interviews the world-renowned artist Jon Naar and discusses the behind-the-scenes stories of some of his most well-know works.