Ghosts of NYC

A day after ditching his home country of Holland for New York City in pursuit of something bigger and stranger, photographer Ari Marcopoulos got a twisted version of what he wanted. On December 7, 1980, Marcopoulos flew into NYC. Less than 24 hours later, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon four times on the doorstep of the Dakota. In a recent Q&A with Interview Magazine, Marcopoulos recalls, “In New York, unlike Holland, there are newspaper stands on every corner. That was a big headline all over the city. So the weather of those days sort of escapes me.”

Ever since that first dark day in the Big Apple, Marcopoulos documented every angle of his adopted city. He worked as Andy Warhol’s assistant and shot portraits of the legendary walking wig. He took snapshots of the sky and skyscrapers. He followed Lower East Side street kids for days. And now he’s making his Miami debut by bringing a ’90s NYC skate retrospective, “No Cause,” to OHWOW for a monthlong run.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Oct. 9, 2010

 
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