Documenting New York’s Last Indie Booksellers
Documenting New York’s last indie booksellers is a photo series created by photographers Franck Bohbot and author Philippe Ungar. The two decided to join forces in order to create the “We Art NY Indie Booksellers” project aiming at turning these stories into a book.
With book sales in decline for the past decades, these indie booksellers are a dying species, especially in a city lie New York.
“When you look at their portraits, you could think that they are lonely or alone, but not at all,” Franck Bohbot told My Modern Met. “The books and the colors are everywhere around them. They are their best friends—or enemies—to talk with and I wanted this series being colorful like they are. They are like little museums of their own neighborhoods.”
Talking to Corey Farach from Bluestockings in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Philippe Ungar realized that all booksellers are going through more or less the same thing. “I was impressed by all of them, they are so different and at the same time looking for the same thing: providing books and through books a generous vision of sharing culture. But, I remember Corey Farach from Bluestockings talking about people who cannot afford to buy a forty-dollar paperback, saying something like: ‘It is totally understandable, please take a seat and read it in the bookstore!’ It speaks a lot about the spirit of the indie booksellers even if they have to run their business and sell books too!”