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Ari Marcopoulos
 
Born in Amsterdam in 1957, Ari Marcopoulos came to New York in 1979 and quickly became part of the downtown art scene that included up-and-coming artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Since then, Marcopoulos has become recognized as a key documentarian of contemporary culture as it unfolds: recording the emerging hip-hop scene, shooting snowboarders hurtling down a vertical mountain face, or chronicling the vicissitudes of his own family life, Marcopoulos' works unerringly capture the zeitgeist.
Marcopoulos appears to have an uncanny connection with the people he photographs, from Andy Warhol to Kiki Smith, John Cage to LL Cool J, and many other characters both celebrated and unknown. His self-taught style brings his subjects in close and captures, without sentimentality or voyeurism, the intimate essence of their daily lives. Populated with idiosyncratic characters, each of Marcopoulos' photographs is particular to a unique time and place; yet his images reach us through their expression of familiar themes such as the meaning of family, the solitude of nature, and the quest for adventure. Like all great photographers, Marcopoulos has the ability to distill a riveting and timeless image from the flux of activity that surrounds us.
 

 
2018
Nieves
A series of off-the-cuff photographs demonstrating the poetic experience of air travel (artist's book).

2014
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Nieves
An intimate portrait gallery of Ari Marcopoulos' brother (artist's book).

2014
Nieves
Artist's book.

2008
Nieves
A series of portraits of the musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, and actor Adam Keefe Horovitz, member of the Beastie Boys under the name Ad Rock.

2006
Nieves
A b/w portrait of the Norwegian snowboarder Terje Haakonsen.

2009
English edition
JRP|Editions
out of print
The first retrospective monograph on Marcopoulos' work.

2008
English edition
Nieves
out of print
A one-off title by Ari Marcopolous combining old and new photographs in a unique body of work, thought to create a larger picture of Marcopoulos' work.

2005
English edition
JRP|Editions
out of print
When the personal becomes political.