“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.


“The Mad Butcher” by Dale Rothenberg

“The Mad Butcher” by Dale Rothenberg

Books, Feature

Just in time for the holidays we are pleased to announce our newest release.

This one is by Dale Rothenberg.

The Mad Butcher” follows the trail of Cleveland based 1930’s serial killer, The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Lane. Offering a mix of archival black & white photographs & color photographs of murder specific locations, Rothenberg leads the viewer on a visual journey of history, memory, and begs us to ask questions about what has come before us.

It is now available for pre order & will ship December 15th. It will officially be released at the Aperture book bazaar on December 13.

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.

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.


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?



Books, Interview, Spotlight
Down the rabbit hole that is the internet, I stumbled upon the photographs of Chris Cox. I enjoyed them & kept clikcing links. Over the next few days, I would keep coming back to the photographs that make up the series Spiritual Lake. When I found out he was releasing a new book, I knew I had to have a copy. We asked him a few questions about his process & work. Be sure to get yourself a copy of the book, from Gaspard Gallery.

Beholder by Chris Cox

Empty Stretch: Can you talk about how you got into photography & major influences to you & your work. You have very a mystical aesthetic, a certain combination of failure & hope, where is this derived from? 
Chris Cox: A distinct moment for me was when I was introduced to Jeff Wall’s photographs, this was a pivotal realization for me as an artist. Walls photographic tableaux work introduced me to photography as a means to interact more decisively with history. I was drawn to Wall’s ability to interact with other artworks, in particular painting.
Aesthetically my work is interested in finding figures in decided moments, the figures relationship to both their environment and the camera are the foundations for aesthetic preferences. The work can come across as formal or still in certain ways, this comes from a very concrete taste for particular compositions and formal qualities.
ES: What is the meaning behind beholder, it feels as if a loose narrative is taking shape through out the piece & seems like it is another chapter in your on going body of work. 
CC: The narrative and cinematic qualities of the work are both deliberate and results of process. When shooting for Beholder I would photograph with the same individuals at a particular location for several days in a row. Working in that way inherently produces narratives throughout the work. There are only about 40 images in the publication, so that narrative becomes broken and fractured. One of the more important decisions when creating the body of work was deciding what would go in the book and what wouldn’t. There are several scenes and environments that we created and photographed that didn’t make it into the book. The final selection of images is a quite concentrated and limited look into the overall scope of photographs produced.

Beholder by Chris Cox

ES: With Spiritual lake, the viewer seemed to be immersed in the water, here we are given sight of water but never quite submerged, do you wish there to be a dialogue between your series, how do you see them all working together? 
CC: The works in Beholder do have ties to past bodies of work, in particular Spiritual Lake. My overall process hasn’t changed much since shooting for Spiritual Lake, and I’m using many of the same models, so the work is going to be tied to one another in that way. Again this is a result of process, but the process is deliberate and is recreated to continue certain themes in the work. Publications or exhibitions function as capstones or introductions for particular ideas in the work, they act as a nice pause and opportunity to expand or refine where necessary.

Beholder by Chris Cox

ES: You used a gallery space to release a book of new images, where does the work go from here? Is the work meant to live beyond the book form? What is the next step for these images, if any?
CC: I view Beholder as a completed artwork in itself, and using Gaspard to exhibit and release the book was a nice opportunity to let it stand alone as its own individual piece. A couple beholder publications were all that was on view in the gallery, the exhibition experience demanded a certain degree of interaction with the work, it seemed to be an appropriate setting to release the project. Although, I am planning on spending the next year continue working on the body of work started with Beholder. I plan to exhibit a series of works from Beholder as well as new works in an exhibition of printed photographs. I will exhibit exhibit this larger body of work in the spring of 2015.
Beholder by Chris Cox
ES: You incorporate design elements often associated with gallery signage, through out the book. Can you talk about image info & the bodies of text within the work & what exactly you wanted the book to accomplish, i.e. just a book, a gallery show, or an object.
CC: The inclusion of the image information in the book was a way to show the photographs as part of a catalogue of images and give a bit of insight into the breadth of the work. The image numbers are referencing the chronological sequence that the images were shot. The poems at the front and back of the book, then disseminated throughout the book are written by Jacob Bullard, he is pictured in some of the works and is a frequent collaborator in my work. Designer Ben Biondo then worked with the various text elements and photographs to design and layout the publication. I rely heavily on the design of my publications, execution when producing a physical object is crucial, therefore design considerations are critical when considering the final experience a viewer will have with the work. The way one experiences printed matter is very different than when one scrolls through a feed on a screen, therefore all aspects of the publication and its presentation were considered when creating Beholder.
New Year, New Books

New Year, New Books

Books, New Zine, News, Petty Thieves, Shop, Uncategorized

We are excited to announce 3 new titles.

This first is our newest group endeavor, PETTY THIEVES FOUR: COAST TO COAST.

Petty Thieves Four
Petty Thieves Four

Featuring 42 photographers photographing what Coast To Coast means to them.

This will be released at the LA Art Book Fair, January 28th- February 2nd, but it can be pre-ordered now. (Pre- orders will not ship until February 5th.)

This project will also be a more long term projection show, but we are still working out the details, with more news to come soon.

We are also super excited to announce another new zine, “Dear Old Man of the Edgelands,” a joint project by Mary Rothlisberger & Petty Thieves Three alum, Carson Davis Brown.

Dear Old Man of the Edgelands
Dear Old Man of the Edgelands

DEAR OLD MAN OF THE EDGELANDS is a study of one thousand miles together on old American highways in late summer. A travelogue of peaks and valleys, wide skies and short sentences, small details and big feelings. This is the story of where we were traveling from. We still don’t know where we are traveling to.

It can be pre-ordered here & previewed here.

Last but not least, our very own Nathaniel Grann has a new zine.

Sometime Blues + Witches Brew
Sometime Blues + Witches Brew

SOMETIME BLUES + WITCHES BREW is a collection of images and writing from the past year. Feeling stuck within self-assigned pressures, and a generic melancholic state, this zine is a homage to that never-ending nagging in the back of your head that tells you things could always be worse and to those short-lived moments you wish you had camera for.

It can be pre-ordered here & previewed here. 

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.