Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Emily Watson Surveys Grand and Lorimer

Photographer Emily Watson captures the musicians and venues of the Williamsburg of the late 1990s (along with some nearby places) in her new photo book, Grand and Lorimer. It's a an intimate look at the early days of the now ubiquitous scene, featuring the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and Sonic Youth.

Watson sorted through hundreds of old photos to create the collection, and raised around $3,000 to pay for the printing through Kickstarter, which is about as D.I.Y. as you can get.

The musical vibrancy of the last decade may have dissipated somewhat, with glassy new condos replacing industrial warehouses in the area, and Watson now lives in Hell's Kitchen, telling the Brooklyn Paper that she barely recognizes anyone when she visits. But the spirit definitely still lives on - it just may have shifted south and east.

Flavorwire has a gallery of the photos, and you can pick up the book here. There will also be a book release party on Nov. 20 at Pete's Candy Source, located at - where else? - 709 Lorimer Street.

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