The embodiment of Generation X, the Club Kids were the last subculture of the analog world.
New York: Club Kids is a high-impact visual diary of New York City in the 1990s, seen through the eyes of Walt Cassidy, known as Waltpaper, a central figure within the Club Kids. The Club Kids―named thus by New York Magazine in 1988―were an artistic, fashion-conscious youth movement that crossed over into the public consciousness through appearances on daytime talk shows, magazine editorials, fashion campaigns and music videos, planting the seeds for popular cultural trends such as reality television, self-branding, “influencers” and the gender revolution.
Known for their outrageous looks, legendary parties and sometimes illicit antics, the Club Kids were the embodiment of Generation X and would prove to be the last definitive subculture group of the analog world. The ’90s have come to be known as the last discernible and cohesive decade, cherished by those who experienced it and romanticized by those who missed it.
The first comprehensive visual document of ’90s nightlife and street culture, New York: Club Kids grants special access to an underground world, providing exclusive insight into the life of this celebrated and notorious clique. Featuring rare and previously unseen photographs along with magazine editorials and ephemera, the book culls from the personal archives of various photographers and artists―some celebrated, and many others whose recognition is long overdue.
“When it comes to people, I am a good observer,” Newton rightly said of himself. Indeed, his camera could be inexorable, like that of a hard-nosed paparazzo, and were he not a professional portrait photographer you might have mistaken him for a caricaturist. His famous models nonetheless no doubt felt in safe hands with him because he always chose a fitting setting in which to orchestrate their personalities – a technique he borrowed from the tradition of portrait painting. And allowing himself this kind of scope doubtless goes some way to explaining the secret of Newton’s success in becoming probably the most important society photographer of our times. His pictures manifest a playful mastery, succeeding in achieving a balance between his celebrity clientele’s wish to be seen and their desire to remain aloof.
At the same time, with their cool eroticism, captivating elegance and characteristic delight in the morbid his pictures always pithily encapsulate their subjects. Where else could you find this kind of 248-page large-format book bursting with excellent pictures, printed in six colors and boasting an outstanding quality —if not with Schirmer/Mosel?