From 2008 to 2012, Iceland filmmakers and photographers, the Snorri Bros. (Eiður Snorri and Snorri Sturluson), photographed the facades of laundromats throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Part of the landscape, laundromats are a utility of city living where friends and strangers alike come together for a short time to fulfill that ritual of washing and drying garments. Varied as the people inside, the laundromats are “one of the last holdouts of the disappearing storefronts of New York City as small shops are driven out of business by chains and venture-capital initiatives.”
LAUNDROMAT collects the Snorri Bros. photographs of these facades in this forthcoming 160-page hardcover book. The collection of photos is a lasting reminder of the typography and sign-making legacy that has made storefronts unique across the globe.
Photography from Laundromat by the Snorri Bros., published by powerHouse Books.