190 Bowery’s Jay Maisel Launches Archival Photo Website
Photographer Jay Maisel parted with the graffiti-sheathed Germania Bank Building on the Bowery over three years ago. The $55 million sale was no doubt a cash windfall, and often regarded as one of the biggest coups in area real estate, with Maisel having “only” paid $102,000 back in 1966.
Since unloading the 72-room palace to real estate magnate Aby Rosen, however, the artist has apparently been keeping busy.
“I now spend my time looking at all the stuff I shot on film over the years,” Maisel said in a public statement. “I enjoy going back over all the work. I feel very lucky to be able to have the chance to edit all the work that I never had time to edit because I was always shooting.”
To that end, he’s just launched a new website. According to the media advisory, Maisel reviewed “hundreds of thousands of 35mm Kodachrome slides” from 1954 to 2000, and selected favorites for publication. Many were shot right here on the Bowery, including his home-studio at 190 Bowery.
Check it out … and prepare yourself for the sticker shock of image pricing.