“Suspect Device” by Chris Suspect {Second Edition}!

“Suspect Device” by Chris Suspect {Second Edition}!

Books, Spotlight
Cover to "Suspect Device"
Cover to “Suspect Device”

2015 is starting off with a bang for us here at Empty Stretch. We are happy to announce the second edition of one of our biggest publications from last year, “Suspect Device” by Chris Suspect. Suspect grew up going to the type of shows that left you in a daze, and while you may have sworn you’d never go back, the following Friday night you’d find yourself back at it again. Fast forward twenty-five years, Suspect set out to rediscover these shows, and created a body of work spanning over the past four years of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area punk scene. The images are as fast and spontaneous as the music, yet more importantly, Suspect captures the camaraderie and kinship behind the music. Showcased for the first time in book form, “Suspect Device” provides a look into a scene that hasn’t thought of stopping or slowing down since it started.

We’re also thrilled to announce that this series will featured at the D.C. Leica Store Gallery starting in March, with Chris even doing a few workshops through the duration of the show. We’ll update with information as more comes together, but it’s awesome seeing this work getting the attention it deserves. 

Spread from "Suspect Device"
Spread from “Suspect Device”

“Suspect Device”
By Chris Suspect
68 pages, 8.5 x 11 in
Second Edition of 250
Forward by Alec MacKaye
$20 USD + S/H
Pre-order / Purchase (All orders will start shipping March 10, 2015)

Check out some of the hype and press about Chris and the series, “Suspect Device” below!
Leica Camera Blog
Washington City Paper

Zine Feature: “a parallel universe” by Chris Moody

Zine Feature: “a parallel universe” by Chris Moody

Books, Feature, Pictures

Chris Moody recently shared his newest zine, “a parallel universe“, with us. Self described as a “series of images tied and intricately placed together to indicate this life and all of its parallels”, the zine follows this idea in a simple design that allows the photos to speak for themselves. Images range from landscapes, to urban scenes, but a focus on fauna and nature seem prevalent throughout. Besides instances of similar content matter, parallels start to from through the images use of color, form, and even mood, creating a nice little experience that warrants repeat visits. You can pick up a copy of the zine here, and make sure to check out Moody’s website as well.


2014 New York Art Book Fair

2014 New York Art Book Fair

Books, Events, New Zine, News

It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of year again, but the New York Art Book Fair is this coming weekend and we hope you can swing by the Small Press Dome and say hello. Check out below for more information about the three publications we’ll be releasing at this fair as well as information about the Petty Thieves Five release party tomorrow night in Brooklyn – FB event information here!

“Canals” by Keith Lane
Keith Lane is a Washington, D.C. based photojournalist who we were lucky to have met at the 2013 D.C. Fotoweek Festival. Lane, providing a wide range of expertise and precession within his images, brought to us a series of Polaroids taken while covering the Arab Spring events within Cairo, Egypt. “Canals” provides a unique perspective into the life blood of Cairo,  the Nile river, and shows a quiet reflection of his own time covering the events but also how life must go on despite what is happening within ones daily life. This 11 x 17in, 20 page newsprint publication comes within a screen-printed archival envelope, and features a short verse of text by photographer, Laura El-Tantawy. Pre-order the publication here, or swing by the fair and pick up a copy in person. (All orders will start shipping after October 9, 2014)

Dai Kinchö” by Brett Davis
We recently featured Brett Davis on the blog, and we are now proud to announce the release of his newest booklet, “Dai Kinchö.”  This series takes us into the life of a young Japanese woman as she starts to figure out her own self and sexuality. Davis, using an interesting technique to create his images and pulling from a wide source of Japanese influences, constructs a tale that is both explicit and soft-spoken about the troubles of finding ones own sexuality within a culture that isn’t ready to address it themselves. This 40 page, 7 x 10in saddle stitched newsprint booklet will first be available at the NY Art Book Fair, and Davis will be conducting a signing as well during the fair. If you can’t make the fair, you can order one online as well here, all orders will start shipping after October 9, 2014.

Petty Thieves Five” featuring photographs from Victoria Crayhon, Patrick Barnes, James Whiting, Michael Ast, Josh Loeser, Eleanor Bleier, Jaclyn Wright, Alex Nelson, Sarah Katherine Moore, Justine Tobiasz, Matt Nighswander, Brett Gundlock, Tristan Wheelock, Phil Jackson, William Douglas, Nathaniel Grann, Chris Gregory, Nathan Pearce, Becky Harlan, Nick Wilkinson, Sara J. Winston, Nic Persinger, Thomas Pearson, Hannele Lahti, Carla Rodriguez, Matthew Crowther, Matthew Conboy, Caitlin Carr, Lauren Wansker, Paul Bothwell, Jordan Swartz, Shane Terry, and Taylor Galloway.

It’s hard to believe that this is the fifth installment of Petty Thieves. This one may even be the best yet, featuring a ton of awesome photographers from around the world, as well as plenty of new faces to the Petty Thieves game. The official launch party is tomorrow night – 867 Broadway, Brooklyn / 6:30 – 9:30pm – which will feature a projection of a wider edit of the work as well as the images that made it within this issue. This also happens to be the last event of the Empty Stretch takes-over NYC series at Hell & Gone Gallery, founded by our buddy Chris Berntsen, so make sure to swing by and say hello. Pre-order the publication here, or get one at the fair.

Feature: “-blue” by Brett Davis

Feature: “-blue” by Brett Davis

Feature, Pictures, Spotlight

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Petty Thieves alumni and good friend, Brett Davis, recently sent us a new body of work titled -blue.  Here’s what he had to say about it:

-blue is an ongoing street series which draws inspiration from the are, bure, boke style championed by Provoke photographers Yutaka Takanashi, Takuma Nakahira, and Daido Moriyama. It is the first series in a larger exploration of Japanese photography. The name, -blue, comes from the bright blue color of the cross processed negative.

We’re really liking the direction this series is headed and below is just a small edit of what Davis sent over. Please check out more of Davis’ work here, and stay tuned for information about his upcoming Empty Stretch publication, Dai Kinchö!

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Interview: Charalampos Kydonakis aka “dirty harrry”

Interview: Charalampos Kydonakis aka “dirty harrry”

Feature, Interview, Pictures, Spotlight

Charalampos Kydonakis aka "dirty harrry"
Over the past few years I have been following the moniker “dirty harrry” on Flickr, and have always been curious about just who this person was. That’s why I was thrilled when we got an email from Charalampos Kydonakis aka “dirty harrry” sharing his work with us. Check out the interview below and start following this photo machine immediately.

Empty Stretch: What’s your current location & favorite place to photograph?

Charalampos Kydonakis: I’m living in Rethymnon, Crete. I don’t know if it’s my favourite place to photograph, but my favourite photos have been shot here

Charalampos Kydonakis aka "dirty harrry"
ES: Your aesthetic crosses many styles, what is your background with photography and is there a certain subject matter you prefer shooting?

CK: I started photographing when I was a student of architecture, so the first ten years I was shooting only architectural stuff. After I saw some masters’ work I focused more on people. Now I don’t have a certain preference, every subject seems challenging to me.

Charalampos Kydonakis aka "dirty harrry"
ES: Your photographs seem to allude to a painterly style, is this an influence to your work? What are some of your biggest photography and non-photography influences?

CK: There were many lessons of history of architecture and history of art in my university faculty. All these lessons helped me to understand something about how a thought can be expressed and formed visually in 2 or 3 dimensions. I don’t know if history of architecture and art has influenced my photos , I guess not, maybe subconsciously, but not by intention. I started to view photos of great photographers about 6 years before, when I started to photograph people. Some genius minds that I pray under their visions are:

  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah, Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel.
  • Writers: Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Painting: El Greco, Francisco de Goya, Max Ernst , Paul Klee.
  • Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Vladimir Tatlin.
  • Music: Ástor Piazzolla, Ennio Morricone, Vicente Amigo, Stelios Foustalieris.

I ‘m inspired a lot by my people, other times by strangers, unimportant things, and other times, I’ve just drunk much and I shoot whatever is in front of me.

ES: What is the source of dirty harrry?

CK: harrry : a shortcut of my first name (Charalampos) in greek. dirty : my photos. My nickname doesn’t refer to the Callahan cop, I prefer Clint Eastwood in his western films rather than the Cop role, I don’t like cops.

Charalampos Kydonakis aka "dirty harrry"

ES: You group your images with interesting titles, what is your process for sequencing, are they shot at the same time or do you group them later?

CK: Initially, some years before, I didn’t have any project in mind, I just  took the camera and went out to shoot. After some years, I started to gather photos from specific subjects, I realized I had to somehow to group my photos so that I could see what it was that I was trying to shoot, and then focus on it. Still after all this grouping I don’t know what I’m shooting exactly. The projects change, a lot of old stuff is deleted and new photos get in the existing sets; sets get deleted and new ones emerge. Sequencing is a never-ending process.

Charalampos Kydonakis aka "dirty harrry"
ES: How many projects do you have going on in your head at one time?

CK: Most times I’m confused and there are many thoughts spinning around my head. I have in the background of my mind these existing projects and there are times I see things that could fit somewhere. Other times, I go out trying to shoot something specific to develop an idea. Many times though I simply have an enormous vacuum in my mind and shoot without thinking.

ES: What is photography for you on a daily basis?

CK: Probably two things:

  • Shooting my own stuff and editing them some weeks afterwards.
  • Looking at other people’s work and editing my blog with work that I find inspiring.

ES: If could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

CK: I wouldn’t like to have to dinner, cause we would eat and we wouldn’t talk much. But I’d like to get drunk one night with Nikos Kazantzakis or Sam Peckinpah or any of the people I love and are away from me.

Please check out more of Kydonakis’ work on his website and flickr.

Interview: Tom Hoying

Interview: Tom Hoying

Feature, Interview

Columbus based photographer Tom Hoying recently reached out to us, we really like what he is doing and check out our interview with him below to get a better idea of his work process and what he is all about.

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fts I almost drowned in the Blue River

Empty Stretch: Age/ Location/ 3 favorite things in life?

Tom Hoying: 22 years / Columbus, OH / art, my bicycle, and the people I’m closest to.

ES: How did you get into photography? Do you have a favorite camera or set up at the moment?

TH: I suppose I’ve always been taking pictures but I started really pursuing photo seriously when I was 16 or 17. In the past I’ve shot film exclusively, but I’m starting to transition into mixing digital and film into one workflow. So I’d say I’d split that question between my Mamiya 6, and a 5D.

ES: A fair amount of of your work seems based around American identity and aspirations of retaining or rejecting the concept of the “American Dream.” What about this theme interests you? Did your own upbringing influence you to tackle this subject matter?

TH: A lot of the areas that appear in I almost drowned in the Blue River I visited often when I was growing up. Some of the portraits are of family members as well. These details remain absent from my statement however, because I want the viewer to be able to connect to the work on their own, using their own individual experience and understanding of America. The “American Dream” isn’t a clearly definable concept and means a lot of different things to different people. Part of the motivation for making the images was the shift I saw in the attitudes of those close to me, and seeing my relatives in and out of work. I think the shift I observed also had a lot to do with my own coming of age, and having the haze of childhood idealization lifted. I knew I wanted the images to reflect my respect for the people and the land, but to also be honest and attempt to show some of the economic realities of the area.

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fts I almost drowned in the Blue River

ES: The body of work “I almost drowned in the Blue River” seems to play out as a eulogy for the “American Dream.” Could you talk about your work and thought process behind this series? If a viewer was to take one thing away from this series, what would you hope that would be?

TH: The “American Dream” is a constantly shifting undefinable concept based in opportunity, optimism, and the good will of the people around you.  I think the core of my statement is that although the recession may have hit hard, these communities and people will step up and support one another.  The jobs may have left, but the opportunity that the “American Dream” promises may not really be dead, it’s just constantly changing like anything in life. I was standing in the gallery with my prints getting feedback from a few people about the work and they all remarked about how it reminded them of where they came from, or somewhere close to them. For me, being able to connect with the subjects and subject matter in an intimate way, and then in turn sharing that experience with viewers who are able to connect and relate to the images in to their own way is why I make photographs.

fts I almost drowned in the Blue River
fts I almost drowned in the Blue River

ES: Do you consider your work a critique on American identity / the “American Dream” or merely a documentation of a time within America? Why?

TH: A lot of the images bear a specific nostalgic gaze, while many remain attached to the present. The work certainly isn’t a critique of American Identity, but rather an attempt to assert that American Identity, like the “American Dream”, is isn’t clearly definable and welcomes interpretation from the viewer.

ES: Who, photographically and non-photographically, has influenced you lately?

TH: I recently visited Cleveland for an opening of Christian Patterson’s work Redheaded Peckerwood.  Seeing the work in person and hearing Christian talk about all of the time, planning, and research that went into his work really impacted me.  The amount of care and connection Christian has with his subject matter is really inspiring.

fts I almost drowned in the Blue River
fts I almost drowned in the Blue River

ES: If you could travel to any planet, which one and who would you bring?

TH: I’d travel to Mars and bring my closest friends, a camera, some sunscreen, and grill.  Who wouldn’t want to have a block party on mars?

"Thou Shalt Not" Dayton, Ohio - fts Restless In The Midwest
“Thou Shalt Not” Dayton, Ohio – fts Restless In The Midwest

Please check out more of Tom Hoying’s work over on his website or blog.

Review: “Somewhere Else” by Stephanie Noritz

Review: “Somewhere Else” by Stephanie Noritz

Books, Feature, Pictures, Spotlight

Always moving, never stopping. Words I hope to soon live and breathe by but for the time being, I’ve been living vicariously through works that speak to this notion. Stephanie Noritz’s self-published photobook “Somewhere Else” was the trip I didn’t know I was looking for. With simple yet elegant photographs, mixed with smart pacing, and book design,  Noritz presents a self-published gem to help you get through that daily grind until you too can hit the open road.

Stephanie Noritz "Somewhere Else"

The book is heavily landscaped based, and while people do make a regular appearance, the scenery and singular compositions are what move this trip along. Each scene looking similar to the next, yet different enough to keep the viewer engaged, help fit the name of the book, “Somewhere Else.” The place ultimately matters little in this trip, as the importance of being “here” is outweighed by the importance of being “there.” This universality of the images also pushes the viewer for repeat visits, and encourages the idea of not necessarily starting from the traditional beginning of the book, but rather forming their own journey through the work.

Stephanie Noritz "Somewhere Else"

Stephanie Noritz "Somewhere Else"

This photobook is a good example of how things can come together when you allow for the images and design to speak for themselves. Instead of relying on bells and whistles to gain the attention of the viewer, small things like attention to printing, sequencing, and holding back from giving too much information to the viewer, made this book. This isn’t your great aunt’s vacation photos, and they may even be unlike any trip you’ve taken before, but you’ll be hard pressed not to find something that catches your attention and keeps bringing you back to this book.

Stephanie Noritz "Somewhere Else"

Please check out more of Stephanie Noritz’s work here and be sure to pick up a copy of  “Somewhere Else” here, before they’re gone.

Oranbeg NET 5

Events, News

Oranbeg Press, an awesome independent publisher based between Boston and Brooklyn, is currently doing a call out for the fifth installment of their NET series. For those who don’t know, Oranbeg Net is a series of online group exhibitions hosted by Oranbeg Press, that features different themes and curators that always results in unique and visually charged exhibitions. Empty Stretch was thrilled to be asked to curate the fourth NET series titled, I Fear For My Safety, which you can check out here, and we’re just as excited for the newest endeavor titled, Bastards, curated by Colin Todd and Michael Vahrenwald. Check out the prompt and guidelines below.

Prompt: Send us your bastards, your immaculate receptions, your autonomous…

(please respond to the image)

Submissions due April 25th, 2014 at midnight.
Please submit to Oranbegpress@gmail.com up to 5 images for consideration (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Send as a ZIP file. Also please include: Title, Series (if relevant) and your web url.


Books, Events, News
Papersafe Issue #01: “Sage” / March 2014 / Edition of 75

Papersafe is the newest curatorial and publication project of long time favorite, Trevor Powers and CatLABS. Their first issue titled “Sage” was a two-part publication featuring a 44 page softcover book with photographs by Adam Neese and Erin Shipley, and writings by Alex Sinclair and Carl Gunhouse that also came with a small 24 page zine insert featuring 28 photographers. This gem is already sold out after a successful kickstarter campaign, but they’re already working on their second issue titled “Keepers of the Dark,” which invites all current and former lab techs, studio, equipment, or darkroom managers and staff  to enter. We have a good feeling about this one, so check out their submission guidelines below and make sure to enter before the deadline; April 30th!

Keepers of the Dark: For it’s second issue, Papersafe is seeking film-based photographic work created by lab techs, studio, equipment, or darkroom managers and staff – past and present – whether at a university, community darkroom, commercial studio, or your local photo lab.

The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2014 at midnight. There is no subject, style, or theme restrictions.

Image and submission specifications:
Submit up to 10 images
JPEG format, 2000px on the short side, at 300dpi
Label the files with your name and numeration (Example: firstname_lastname_01.jpg)
Send in a ZIP folder or via wetransfer.com to papersafe@catlabs.info

In the email be sure to include:
Image titles, statement (if applicable), website url, and short bio
Answers to the following questions:
1. Where do/did you work?
2. How has your time there informed, influenced or shifted your own practice?

Petty Thieves Four Zine Announcement

Petty Thieves Four Zine Announcement

Books, New Zine, Petty Thieves, Pictures

Petty Thieves Four

Happy New Year everyone! It seems 2014 is already going to be a good one and we’re thrilled to keep this train moving with the announcement of who will be included within our newest Petty Thieves project – Petty Thieves Four: Coast to Coast. Check out the artists and their work below:

Dale Rothenberg, Amber Carter, Aaron Canipe, Uliana Bazar, Michel Nguie, Sam Stockman, Jason Rusnock, Matthew Mili, Arista Slater-Sandoval, Pommelien Koolen, Adam Revington, Fiona Palmer, Jordan Swartz, Michael Ast, Maria Windschüttel, Jon Stars, Brittany Marcoux, Tammy Mercure, Emilia Olsen, Chris Berntsen, Dave Driscoll, Marco Micceri, Steven Turville, Julie van der Vaart, Jani Zubkovs, Emmanuel Rosario, Rosaline Shahnavaz, Brian McswainIsabelle Evertse, Piotr Sokul, Nathaniel Grann, Julianne Popa, Aoife O’DwyerV. H. Hammer, Chris Suspect, Frank Hallam Day, David Collier, Ian C. Bates, Byron Barrett, Matthew Swarts, Ahmer Inam, and Brendan Megannety.

Special thanks to everyone who submitted their work for this one, and please keep an eye out for pre-order information and a possible projection show featuring a wider edit of the Coast to Coast submissions in the near future.

In other news, Petty Thieves Number Three was selected by Larissa Leclair, founder of The Indie Photobook Library, as one of her favorite photobooks of 2013 for Photo-Eye’s annual end of the year lists! Still hard to believe that one, but we know we couldn’t have done it without all of the support thrown our way over the past few years. So thanks again and we promise for a ton more good times in the coming months.