Photographer Ken Schles is giving a free presentation tomorrow night from 6-7 at Theatre 80.
Schles, a Brooklyn native, lived in the East Village in the 1980s. His black-and-white photos from this period are the backdrop for the book "Invisible City" from 1988. A companion volume, "Night Walk," came out in 2014.
"New York always has stories about what the city used to be," he told The Wall Street Journal back in January. "I think it's up to all of us to take what we've been given and try to see beyond, to make it something new. That's what this was for me."
We asked Schles, who now lives in Fort Greene, what people can expect from his talk.
"I'll be showing images from 'Invisible City' and 'Night Walk' as well as the video trailers with music by Live Skull and Sonic Youth and telling some of the stories from when I moved to the East Village when I was 17, how I ended up on Avenue B, what the neighborhood was like and what happened when the landlord abandoned the building. I'll talk about how I came to make these two books — especially 'Night Walk' more recently. I'll have copies of some of my books for a book signing at the end. I timed the talk at about 50 minutes. That'll give me time to take questions ..."
You can read more about Schles and see some of his 1980s photos from the neighborhood in this feature at the Times.
Theatre 80 is at 80 St. Marks Place between First Avenue and Second Avenue. Find the Facebook event page here.