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New York Bars at Dawn

New York Bars at Dawn

By (author) Daniel Root
Foreword by Rosie Schaap


Publishing 12th Sep 2023
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    • A one-of-a kind photo book: evocative portraits of Manhattan bars after closing time, lit by stray artificial lights (neon beer ads, EXIT signs, a streetlamp...) 
    • Even empty of its patrons, each bar conveys a distinctive personality
    • Includes some 200 bars, from well-known establishments like McSorley’s and the Stonewall Inn to nameless dives 
    • Photographer Daniel Root is a respected artist whose predawn images have been featured in amNYSpectrum News NY1, and other New York media outlets
    • Foreword by Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men and the forthcoming Slow Road North 
    • This latest addition to Abbeville’s growing New York list is perfect for lovers of Manhattan nightlife and urban photography 
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    This one-of-a-kind photo book offers evocative portraits of New York bars after closing time.
    Nearly every day, Daniel Root sets out before sunrise to wander the streets of Manhattan with his camera. In those comparatively quiet hours, the entire city wears a different face, but Root is particularly fascinated by the scenes to be glimpsed through the windows of its bars. Empty of patrons and illuminated by an odd mix of artificial lights — neon beer ads, red EXIT signs, a single bulb above the cash register — they present a more hushed and mysterious aspect than in the busy evening hours. Nonetheless, each one — whether a dive bar, a sports bar, or a restaurant bar — still conveys an individual character, a distinct personality. New York Bars at Dawn presents some 200 of Root’s most compelling bar portraits, ranging from well-known establishments like Balthazar, McSorley’s, and the Stonewall Inn to nameless dives and an American Legion post. A foreword by Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men, shows us just how much Root’s photographs reveal about bar culture, and an afterword by art historian Suzaan Boettger examines their aesthetic qualities. This will be an essential volume for anyone with an interest in nightlife, interiors, or urban photography.

    About the Author

    Daniel Root is a fine art photographer and a principal in the design firm The Root Group. His predawn photographs of Manhattan have attracted a devoted following among bartenders and other night shift workers, and have been featured on NY1. Root lives on the Lower East Side and is a very early riser. Rosie Schaap is the author of Drinking with Men and Becoming a Sommelier, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

    Abbeville Press
    Publish date
    12th Sep 2023
    World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
    250 mm x 251 mm
    224 Pages
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