Thanks to everyone who came out to David Carol's NO PLAN B reception and book signing! The show is open until March 31, 2017 at the Leica Store in Soho.
A few of our closest friends came.
Team NO PLAN B: Jason Eskenazi, and Peanut Press co-founders Ashly Stohl and David Carol
Laurent Girard and Kevin Downs. Laurent printed so many of the prints in this show, including the gorgeous 30"x45" gelatin silver prints.
Mark Peterson, Ben Lowy and David Carol (and Paris Visone)
Susan Rosenberg Jones won't let crutches keep her from a good party
Two Davids; Godlis and Carol
David Carol signs a book for photographer Mike Lee
Susan and Chuck Fishman
For so many reasons, last year sucked. Not just in the US, but around the world, extremism became the norm, and so many people live with hardship and fear. Great artistic voices were silenced - voices that had something important to say, and have been inspiration to us here at Peanut Press. Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and so many more. Princess Leia! You can imagine how Charth Vader feels about that.
And in the middle of all the fear, sadness, and uncertainty of last year, I've never felt so supported. We made three books last year, and people bought them! Then they told their friends about our books and our audience grew! People, many of whom I didn't know, spent their hard earned money on our books. I was grateful for every single order.
The support last year wasn't just financial. Our books were written about, blogged about and on lists - good lists! The kind you want to be on! Not to mention, several teenage boys liked my peanut press hoodie and asked how they could get one.
So our message for 2017 is (somewhat unexpectedly) one of gratitude for the past year. Thank you to everyone that gave us support and encouragement in 2016. We will spend this year paying it forward, having fun, making books, and taking pictures.
In 2017 David Carol and I are going to continue to publish the work of artists we believe in. There is work out there that deserves to be seen, and it's an honor to help bring this work in to the world. We are going to continue to make great books, right here in the U.S., with Meridian Printing. We are also scheming and planning some secret stuff that we will announce later.
Thank you for your support - it was the best part of 2016.
Wishing you all the best in 2017,
David J. Carol’s new book, NO PLAN B, is a retrospective of his uniquely humorous and often surreal personal work from the 1990s to the present.
The book is a culmination of images from David’s “road trips” from the Arctic Ocean to post-Soviet Russia, from the Mojave Desert to the streets of Istanbul. Consisting of 32 black and white photographs, with an afterward by renowned photojournalist Jason Eskenazi, NO PLAN B is available in two bindings; the “black” trade edition, and a “white” limited edition, which includes a gelatin silver print signed and numbered by the artist. NO PLAN B will be available for sale online on November 15, 2016.
Order the book here.
The book NO PLAN B coincides with a retrospective exhibition on view at the Leica Gallery Soho, New York from February 1 - March 31, 2017. An opening reception and book signing with the artist will be held February 16 from 6:00 - 9:00pm.
1. Quirk Hotel decided I was the 1,000,000 member of their loyalty club, and left me a cake, a bottle of champagne, flowers, and...a copy of Gordon's book!!! Welcome to Richmond, Virginia.
2. I ate fried chicken for every meal except for the one where I ate fried pork.
3. Candela Gallery is an amazing space run by some pretty awesome people. Gordon Stettinius is not just a gallery owner, and book publisher, but he's also one of us - a photographer. He has a million great ideas, and is a really funny guy.
5. Eliott Dudik and Jared Ragland working really, really hard while we sat around.
6. Eliott Dudik's John Snow hair.
7. The real grownup at Candela is Ashby Nickerson. She is half my age, but for the moment has twice the white hair. By choice.
8. Seeing people light up from looking at Charth Vader prints warmed my cold and icy heart. Until now, I haven't shown him much, and I forgot how good it feels to watch people enjoy your work. Not sure I've shown anything that prompted such good feelings in people. It made me happy.
9. The Charth Vader book was acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where it will be added to their Special Collections. Thank you, Lee Viverette!!
Peanut Press is taking it's show on the road!
Our friend and colleague, Gordon Stettinius is hosting the Indie PhotoBook Showcase at his Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Six Charth Vader prints will be featured in the gallery, and we will be selling limited editions, and the last few trade editions of the (sold out!) Charth Vader book!!!
Read more about the event here.
Come on over and say hi!