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A Look At Miami's Punkers, Bikers & Leather Queens '77-'83
We Are Everywhere and We Shall Be Free: Charles Hashim’s Miami 1977-1983
A new hardcover book of photographs from Letter16 Press
If you enjoyed our first book of Al Kaplan’s photos, this new collection of work by Charles Hashim should be right up your alley. Indeed, Al’s own aesthetic is our guiding light as we continue to focus on the sweet spot between photojournalism and art. To that end, we’re now a 501(c)(3) non-profit publishing house, as dedicated as ever to championing Miami’s most talented photographers from the pre-digital era.
“I don’t do riots, it’s in my contract,” Charles Hashim wryly explains about the only subject missing from his late 1970s and early 1980s Miami street photography. Urban insurrections aside, virtually every other aspect of Miami’s chaotic lurch from sleepy Southern town to multicultural metropolis was grist for Hashim’s camera lens. And he rarely shied away from getting as close to the action as possible. What emerges from Hashim’s previously unseen photographs — all lovingly transferred from his original 35mm negatives — is an intimate portrait of a city coming apart at the seams, with the old social order crumbling and everything up for grabs. Pioneering gay rights activists, outlaw bikers, and libertine punk rockers duke it out for room to breathe with the Ku Klux Klan and religious revivalists. A new Miami was being born, and here's the proof of its growing pains in all their over the top splendor. “I’ve never gone out with a picture already in my head — the real world of Miami is stranger than anything I could think of,” Hashim adds.
“Hashim's cool photographs are a wild, free-falling flashback to South Florida in the late ’70s and early ’80s. To those who weren't there — and don't believe what they've heard — this book is proof that it wasn't fantasy. It was real.”
-- Carl Hiaasen, novelist and Miami Herald columnist
72 page hardcover, 10.25" H x 11.25" W
edition of 500, $29.95
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