Thanks to SVA for hosting a talk with Peanut Press' co-founders, David Carol and Ashly Stohl on May 16 in NYC. If you missed the talk, you can watch it here:
Neither rain, nor more rain, nor a lack of cabs kept street photography fans from the opening of Richard Bram's show at the Leica Store & Gallery in Soho, New York. Thanks to everyone who came!
Richard Bram's work will be the subject of an exhibition at the Leica Gallery, Soho in New York, from April 4-June 3, 2017. Come join him on April 6 from 6-8pm for an opening reception and signing of his book, Richard Bram New York.
Find out more about his show here.
"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.
Didi S. Gilson is a writer and photographer based in New South Wales, Australia.
Read this trio of words: TRAVEL BY TRAIN… and then shut your eyes for just a moment. What’s that fleeting image you see from beneath your closed lids? If you’re like many people, it won’t involve the pragmatic difficulties of getting from one place to another, but perhaps a more romantic notion, an idyll of the endeavor. Historically, there is a precedent for that.
In both stills and cinema, photography has been entwined, to the point of myth, with the exotic flair of travel by train. Sure, it takes longer to clickety-clack the tracks to your destination than flying might, but getting there via the scenic route as we did in days past, allows you to experience more of where you’re going while you’re getting there. Perhaps half the fun, as some would say.
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,