Contrary to the official Instagram feed, it’s not all sneaker drops and new collections in the HS office. Quite a bit of printed matter comes through our doors; not all of it involves naked women, either.
Some of the selections are paper imprints from our favorite brands or agencies, others are indie publications that have piqued our interest — all feature distinctive storytelling, even if it isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes we’re drawn to a particularly ardent piece of prose, other times it’s arresting photography or an unusual layout that makes us revisit an already-read page, sometimes it’s a combination of all three.
Every week we’ll be sharing a few of the volumes that have found a permanent home on our office shelves or in the living spaces of our writers and editors.
“Paper has a scent. Paper has an aura. Books are beautiful. And the beauty of a book is part of its message.” The succinct but weighty message is a quote from German publisher Steidl’s founder, Gerhard Steidl, and it is plastered on a wall of the company’s Singapore library. Founded in 1972 after Steidl had a poor experience printing a personal project, the innovative publishing house would go on to specialize in photo books and photojournalism.
In its own self-published, 200-plus page volume, Steidl displays some of its finest works and takes readers behind the scenes of the company’s creative process. The collection of portraits, landscapes and fine art photography from around the world is just the kind of thing you want to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon.
The L*st & Found Collection, Volume 1
Filmmaker (and now author) Doug Walker discovered a cache of film negatives and prints during a casual day out at Rose Bowl Flea Market. On an impulse he bought all three boxes and soon discovered over 30,000 images that charted 1970s beach culture along Hawaii’s North Shore. From there, Walker’s filmmaking background kicked in, leading him retrace the footsteps of the beach dwellers in the photos.
Traveling between California to Hawaii over a three year stint, Walker rediscovered a seemingly utopian golden age where the intersection of counterculture, youth and the open air living created some truly special moments. Most of the photos in the volume have never been seen before, and with the backdrop of briny waters and sand they’re a real treat.
Art & Beauty Magazine
If you’re not intimately familiar with underground cartoonist Robert Crumb’s work you may still recognize him from the 1995 documentary, Crumb, which takes a look at the characters Crumb creates, as well as the dynamics within his own family. David Zwirner books is revisiting the eclectic world of the illustrator in Art & Beauty Magazine, a compilation of some of Crumb’s most interesting, unnerving, taboo and challenging stories.
The introduction is penned by Paul Morris, an art collector and founder of the Armory Show. Morris and Crumb developed a genuine friendship over the course of the years, one that made Morris question ideas of what comprised art and beauty. Crumb’s rubenesque illustrations of women are at times almost body builder-like in proportion, flitting the lines of gender and femininity. It’s a compelling little volume that has quite a lot to say with pictures.
Where’d You Get Those?
Former Rock Steady crew member Robert “Bobbito” Garcia is known as much for his DJ skills as he is for his obsession with sneakers. In the tenth anniversary edition of Where’d You Get Those? Garcia compiles a veritable bible to New York City sneaker culture from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Filled with wry observations on the collecting process, in-depth analyses of shoe materials, silhouettes and styles, it’s a must for any true sneaker head. In an effort to keep the authenticity of the stories, Garcia and the book’s editor have also included much of the era’s slang. We’re also a bit partial to this particular edition because it was a parting gift from our NYC intern, shoutout to Avi for that!
Bury Me With the Lo On
“When it’s my time to go, at gravesite, I want Ralph Lauren to sign the stone,” reads a quote from Thirstin Howl the 3rd at the beginning of Bury Me With the Lo On, Victory Press’s 200-plus page chronicle of the rise of Lo Culture. Howl is one of the original founders of the Lo Lifes, a crew of Polo Ralph Lauren obsessed Brooklyn youth who boosted, swapped, collected and bought the brand with an appetite that was unmatched.
The archival tome comes as a five-year-in-the-making collaboration between Howl and photographer and director, Tom Gould. Featuring historic photos and firsthand accounts from Lo heads, the book traces the history of Polo and gets to the heart of its influence on hip-hop culture. From Raekwon to Slick Rick, Grand Puba, and more contemporary artists like Meyhem Lauren or Action Bronson, there are Polo collectors everywhere.
Need more printed matter? Take a look at our last edition of Sunday Morning Reads.
- Photographer: Bryan Luna