"I make lunches" © Ashly Stohl from her project, "What do you do all day?"
“What do you do all day?”
I am a stay at home mom of three kids, two of whom have special needs, and yes, someone said this to me.
And what made me even more angry is that I couldn’t answer the question. I know what I do is important. I know I wake up at 6am and fall asleep around 10pm, and I’m always tired, but I have no idea what I do in the day.
Women in the U.S. around the world perform on average, 4.5 hours of unpaid labor a day, almost twice that of men. You can read about the statistics here, but what can't be represented in a bar graph is how those hours are valued by our society. All that unpaid labor, the labor of raising our children, keeping our homes, doing the things that nobody wants to do, is considered "women's work," and it's not meant as a compliment.
So today, on International Women's Day, let's celebrate the true meaning of Women's Work - unpaid labor, traditionally done by women, that is now done by women, men, and people of all gender identities. It's work that is hard, unforgiving, rarely celebrated. and not appreciated nearly enough. It's work that requires selflessness, patience and love, and if you look in the right places, it's work that returns more love than any paying job ever could.
So today (and every other day,) please extend some love and appreciation to any person who is brave enough and strong enough to do Women's Work.
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.
Peanut Press is happy to announce that we will be taking pre-orders for Richard Bram New York, and Rammy Narula's Platform 10.
Richard is a member of iN-PUBLiC, a street photography collective, and has led workshops around the world. His work is featured in collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of London, and Bibliotheque National de France, Paris.
Featuring a foreword by Stephen McLaren, the book will be offered in three editions,
Red Edition - An edition of 890 hardbound books, bound in red and foil stamped
Blue Edition - A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered books bound in blue, and accompanied by a print
White Edition - A limited edition of 10 numbered and signed books bound in white, and accompanied by a portfolio of 10 prints in a handmade presentation box.
Orders for Bram's book will ship in early September.
Rammy Narula is a Bangkok-based photographer with a deep passion for travelling and exploring the streets. His work covers personal projects, portraits, and photography resulting from countless hours roaming the streets of the cities he visits. His most recent work, Platform 10, a project that was shot on a single platform at the Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok.
Platform 10 is offered in two editions, with a foreword written by Melissa Breyer:
Trade Edition - An edition of 650 hardbound books, bound in navy and foil stamped
Limited Edition - A limited edition of 100 signed and numbered books, accompanied by a print of the cover image, "Smoking Man"
The book will be shipped in early September.
Why did we print Charth Vader at Meridian Printing in Rhode Island? They have printed some amazing books for our favorite photographers. If it's good enough for Lee Friedlander, Richard Avedon, Robert Adams and Irving Penn, it's good enough for us.
We arrived in the morning and the first sheet was already printed.
Thanks to Joe Chanin's many rounds of proofs, and the skill of the guys running the press, it looked amazing. But there was still work to be done. Registration needs to be checked, and ink levels changed to adjust the tones of the image. How do you do that?
First you get a group of people to stand around and look at the sheet.
Then you wave your hands over it.
Throw it in the trash.
And ask the giant press for a new one.
While the press is working on your new sheets, there is time to kill. You can immerse yourself in Meridian's a library of amazing photo books,
and get some important work done.
Then we recheck the press proofs
and the whole process starts again. It's exhausting.
But by the end of the day, we had something that we all could agree looked amazing.
Ashly gave the final ok
and the pages were printed...
Joe was blown away by the quailty of the printing at Meridian.
Now the sheets will be cut and bound, and turned into a book. Pre-order yours today!
Keep an eye out for Susan Burnstine's fabulous feature about Charth Vader in this month's Black+White magazine. Do you subscribe? You should...