LTV Press is our in house publishing arm. Quite often through the course of exploration and research we develop huge libraries of photos and text which are significantly better suited towards book publication. This also of course allows us to make some actual cash off this exploring hobby - cash that we push right back into future publications in a very DIY ethos of helping photos and artists get a toehold on residual income and a calling card they can be proud of.
The Poconos Complaint
LTV Press is proud to announce our 4th and perhaps most hilarious publication: The Poconos Complaint
Deep in the woods of the Poconos lays an abandoned resort where no one can hear you scream. Or break windows, or throw what’s left of the furniture off the balconies or all those other awesome fun things one can do in a completely trashed, absolutely worthless abandoned set of buildings.
This location-specific book takes a long hard look through the eyes of pissed off guests at the slow, painful decline of The Poconos Garden Lodge – a resort once owned by the much more infamous ‘Mt Airy Lodge’ (which itself was bankrupted, abandoned and completely bulldozed and replaced by a casino of the same name). The book is comprised entirely of darkly humorous complaint letters from actual guests and the responses sent back to them by inept hotel management who seemed to be in absolute denial of the decay setting in around them. These letters are illustrated by more recent photos showing … [ read more ]
Just below the streets of NYC, one can find one of the largest subway systems in the world, and one of the largest reminders of the ‘bad old days’ of NYC – where crime and dispair ruled the day. In these tunnels, this NYC of the past lives on. Dirty, graffiti covered subway tunnels, where the homeless still occasionally make their homes and where serendipitous insomniac explorers lurk in the dark, waiting and watching. Where graffiti artists still get over, 2 decades after the trains were cleaned.
This book takes a hard look at this underground realm, through 280+ photographs, 7 chapters and 174 pages. This is a no holds barred view of the live tunnels, abandoned spaces, hidden nitches and insane ‘transit recidivists’ that enjoy this inhospitable and deadly environment as if it were one huge all city amusement park. Admission is free, but your survival through the night will be questionable at best. Hop the turnstyle, take the ride.
Yard Job NYC
Rail Yards: Much like the subway yards before them, the freight yards of NYC have become a proving ground for a new generation of writers.
Yard Job NYC is the only book that documents this relatively obscure through thriving graffiti scene. Nowhere else will you find old school cats like Chino, Wolf, Smith, Trap, and Zephyr crushing cars illegally, alongside newer writers: Noxer, Staer, Celf, Muk… completely devoid of gay-ass hipster ‘street art’. Graffiti exists on these rails in its purest form.
Documented over many months of persistent photographing, Yard Job NYC crushes the myths, exposes the facts, and brings on the fresh… Can you dig it, motherfucker?
This is the message and the money. Amen.
Brooklyn Queens Freight
1 Week. 35 Miles Walked. 2500+ Photos Taken.
This book is a product of a marathon mission to document one of the last bastions of real graffiti in NYC. Drips, Dirt, Grime,Throwies, Pieces, Tags and Toys. It’s all in here. 200% Aerosol and 0% weak-ass “Street Art”. This book is the definitive guide to graffiti along the freight tracks today. Includes a bonus historical feature on NYC freight spots of the past.