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,
Looking for gift ideas? We can help with that! With books, apparel, and more, we've got ideas for the photography fan in your life! Scroll down for our 2016 new book releases, our newly available to the public -- and much sought after -- t-shirts and hoodies, and even a FREE gift! Happy holidays!!
Treat your loved ones (or yourself!) to one of our 2016 releases - including some limited editions!
NO PLAN B
Or stay stylish through winter with one of our Peanut Press hoodies or super comfortable t-shirts!
Get your hands on a Dogfood (feat. Peanut Press) it's free.
We love skull rings.
Our prepress guy really loves these socks.
These are funny... and useful.
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.
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!!