“It felt like a hot kiss on the end of a warm fist”

[photopress:586_6.jpg,full,alignright]Ahh, pulp novels. Those gritty, rough, testosterone filled paperback books that deliver what they promise.
Heroes, Villains, Women and Action.
In thick doses.
One of the classic literary genres that has a visceral feel all its own. The covers were salacious and graphic in the way a sensational gut level emotional story should be.
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Nothing like sitting on a plane and pouring through the modern version of these.
And I just did.
Yum.

Thomas Allen
has a unique take on this genre of paperback book and the aforementioned cover art. His version is all photographic.
Kind of.
What he has done is created 3 dimensional works sometimes combining books, and story lines, sometime sticking with the same message.
He cuts the characters out of the covers in various stages of removal. Then by placing them into a scenario, he uses the lensing and depth of field to bring it all home and create a new scenario with an action like nothing we’ve ever seen.

These images could ONLY be achieved with photography.

After seeing the work exhibited at PhotoLA for a few years, Aperture has finally published a book of his work. Upcoming exhibit also.
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Now they printed it on a hard thick cardstock, which I’m not sure what the concept behind it, but it IS sturdy. How about that?

When we find a unique vision that sticks with us for a while, it’s something we share.Love this work.

And a special thanks to Nick Danger of Firesign Theater for the classic headline.

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Current Exhibitions

  • Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  • Irving Penn: Centennial
  • APR 24, 2017–July 30th, 2017
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710
  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • GENERATION WEALTH BY LAUREN GREENFIELD
  • APR 8, 2017 – AUG 13, 2017
  • 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
  • Century City, CA. 90067
  • Tel: 213.403.3000
  • Getty Center
  • Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante
  • May 23rd-Aug. 13th, 2017
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Louise Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW
  • Through July 30th, 2017
  • 11 West 53 Street
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel:212-708-9400
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Mark Ruwedel-HELL and HOME
  • May 4th-June 24th, 2017
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • THE MECHANICS OF EXPRESSION
  • APRIL 6 – MAY 13, 2017
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Peter Fetterman Gallery
  • STEPHEN WILKES Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom
  • March 4 – May 27th, 2017
  • 2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 90404
  • Phone: 310.453.6463

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