Debbie Harry once said that ‘Christopher Makos was the first photographer to understand + record the convergence of ‘Uptown’ + ‘Downtown’ + no book better documents this than ‘White Trash Uncut By Christopher Makos’ published by Glitterati Incorporated.
With a foreword by Peter Wise, this ‘Uncut’ version records Punk’s coming of age in NYC showcasing black + white photos of some of that era’s icons including Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry + Grace Jones.
With no true intent to create a book about Punk + without thinking about the future, Makos set out to record the wild DIY style of how Punks dressed as they made their mark on the New York Scene.
Makos’ attention to detail exposes not only how Punk meant more than just wearing safety pins + Mohawks but also highlights how notable celebrities as much as regular people, with no penchant for rules, helped shape + elevate it to a new way of dressing.
Makos said, ‘I was questioning what constitutes a personal style, how we could all become the best of ourselves through just a bit of reflection,’ adding ‘At the time it was how one dressed that really made a first impression when going out in culturally oriented New York in 1976.’
What’s amazing about these pictures is how you feel like you’re looking at a photo album of your friends, thanks to Christopher’s keen eye at capturing a person at their best + worst, with noting but raw honesty.
This deluxe version of ‘White Trash Uncut By Christopher Makos’published By Glitterati Incorporated, in a new hardcover format, includes 25 new photos, along with essays by Andrew Crispo + Peter Wise, would make a great addition to any coveted coffee table book collection. To purchase your copy, go to Glitteraiincorporated.com.