Edward Grazda, Dennis Mohr and Alec Wilkinson


by Edward Grazda

For the tough and determined, the quick and the gifted, the prescient and the prolific, a cheap living could be scratched out in the mean streets. Renowned photographer Edward Grazda began his career in that version of NYC. The black and white photos in Mean Streets, collected here in print for the first time, offer a look at that hardscrabble era captured with the deliberate and elegant eye that propelled Grazda to further success. It’s a version of New York that has been all but scrubbed clean in the financially solvent years that have followed, but the character of the city has been indelibly marked by the scars of those years.



Imagine living across the street from the Gambino crime family's infamous Manhattan headquarters.

New Yorker staff writer and author, Alec Wilkinson did just that during the rise of the Gotti-era mafia presence in Little Italy, New York, in the 1980s. Based on true accounts of Alec and others, The Ravenite is a lighthearted glimpse into a never-before-seen side of the mob - the absurd and unnerving daily realities of what it was like to be their neighbor. You'll never look at the mafia in the same way again.


Edward Grazda is the author of A Last Glance (powerHouse Books, 2015), Afghanistan Diary 1992-2000 (powerHouse Books, 2000), and Afghanistan 1980-1989 (DerAlltag, 1990). His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA, New York among others. He has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2009, with Jeff Ladd and Valerie Sonnenthal, Ed founded Errata Editions–a publishing company dedicated to making important rare photo books accessible with its Books on Books series. 

Alec Wilkinson has been a writer at The New Yorker since 1980. Before that he was a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and before that he was a rock and roll musician. He has published ten books, including Mr. Apology, Big Sugar, A Violent Act, and The Protest Singer. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lyndhurst Prize, and  Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. 

Dennis Mohr is an award-winning documentary film producer and director. He produced the acclaimed feature documentary “Remembering Arthur” about Canadian filmmaker, Arthur Lipsett, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2007. In 2011 he produced, “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America”, about the life and work of eccentric Arkansas portrait photographer,Mike Disfarmer. His latest documentary, “MUGSHOT”, premiered at Hot Docs in 2014, and received a Golden Sheaf award for Best Arts & Culture Documentary at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2014.


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