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The Skinny: What’s Left of Leatherdale is a photo-memoir featuring hundreds of never-before revealed stories and images captured from 1978-2005 — creating an irreplaceable, one-man NYC time capsule — a New York that is no more.
The story begins, San Francisco, 1978: model, filmmaker and popular sex icon Peter Berlin invited a young photography student named Marcus Leatherdale, already intrigued by the iconic image for Patti Smith’s album cover ‘Horses,’ to an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work. Consequently, the two quickly met, and Leatherdale was offered a NYC crash pad while after he toured Arizona with his new Polaroid SX70.
New York City, 1979: within a mileu of comrades-in-darkrooms — Marsha Resnick of Hurrah! club & Soho Weekly News; Larissa, the ‘Coco Chanel of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ — Marcus Leatherdale was swept into the middle of the NYC scene.
From Andy Warhol’s Factory and the Mudd Club to his Dada night at Underground, Union Square, ‘Hidden Identities’ series for Details Magazine at the vanguard new wave club Danceteria — stage of Madonna’s debut and where Sade began as a bartender — Leatherdale now presents his unwittingly created historical archive of Gotham.
The guest list includes:
• Peter Allen • Joey Arias • Way Bandy • Jean Michel Basquiat • Leigh Bowery • David Burns • Robin Byrd • Tina Chow • International Chrysis • Quentin Crisp • Divine • Jodie Foster • Keith Haring • Debbie Harry • Imam • Grace Jones • Larissa • Lipsinka • Antonio Lopez • Lisa Lyon • Madonna • Anne Magnuson • Robert Mapplethorpe • Liza Minnelli • Issey Miyake • Cookie Mueller • Thierry Mugler • Jack Nicholson • Klaus Nomi • Rudolf Nureyev • Paloma Picasso • Georgio SantAngelo • Patti Smith • Stephen Sprouse • Chris Stein • Veruschka • Sam Wagstaff • Andy Warhol
Just to name a few...
The book will be approx. 350 pages — interviews and 100's of photos, diaries, press cuttings and more — including a special section of full colour photos including never before seen, recently discovered images of ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, et. al
The interviews between Martin and Marcus Leatherdale reveal the stories behind the images —1978-2005. It started with a coffee in Portugal, which sprang the idea for this book, and evolved into this comprehensive project.
Anyone who is kind enough to support us with any amount will be credited in the book. Anyone who can support us with a donation of over £25 will receive a first edition signed copy of the book.
-Printed on premium quality, environmentally friendly paper.
-Cover constructed of premium board with Deluxe French Flaps
The text is being produced from a long series of conversations that began 10 years ago between Martin & Marcus. It follows the Paris Review style — easy to read, straightforward, provocative as well as entertaining.
The images are all supplied by Marcus and his friends, and are being scanned and formatted to the highest standard possible, to create a valuable archive. A selection will be featured in a glossy, full colour section.
The manuscript will be edited by NYC veteran Mary Folliet, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen and the E STreet band guitarist Elliott Murphy, and 1950s Village Jazz singer/opening act for Bob Dylan Varda Ducovny.
It will be designed & typeset in the UK, and printed in Berwick-Upon-Tweed by a 100+ year old family run craftsman press. All materials used are environmentally friendly, Forestry Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified, with a registered/audited 98% of all waste recycled.
•••YOUR REWARDS DETAILS: (every level gets the previous levels)
• Level 1 "GUEST LIST" + All Levels: You get a signed, collectible first-edition of the fantastic book, and project sponsor credits!
• Level 2 "V.I.P." (1 collectible Digital Print) & Level 3: "CLUB DOOR HOST" (set of six Digital Prints) - choices are from the HIDDEN IDENTITIES SERIES for DETAILS MAGAZINE.
+prominent sponsor credit!
Anita Sarko • Cirque du Soleil • Claudia Summers • Dolf Lundgren • Stephen Saban •Iman • International Chrysis • Jean Louis Morin • Jodie Foster • Thierry Mugler • Willi Ninja • Joey Arias • Julie Jewels • Keith Haring • Larissa • Tina Chow • Scott Covert • Leigh Bowery • Lisa Lyon • Lydia Lunch • Michael Musto • John Sex • Susanne Bartsch • Peter Allen • Phoebe Legere • Robin Byrd • Self Portrait • Lipsinka • Betsy Johnson • Sydney Bibble Barrows
••NEW: Level 3-A Guy/Gal w/DRINK TICKETS! (app. $500 usd) - You Get: All of Level 1 & Level 2 & 3 plus:
A signed edition of Marcus Leatherdale's coffee table books:
+ Marcus Leatherdale 1980-1994
+ Hidden Identities (collection of series from Details Magazine)
and: a signed, 11 x 17" poster of the book cover -- along with all the credits, thanks & praise in previous levels!
• Level 4: "BACKSTAGE" - A One of a Kind, Never Before Seen, Recently Discovered
Marcus Leatherdale 8x10" colour digital print of
taken at the same sitting as the featured image for the recent HBO Documentary film 'Look At The Pictures'!
+highlighted sponsor credit!
• Level 5: "MANAGER'S OFFICE" All of Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 plus; Your Choice of a Special Edition 11X14" MARCUS LEATHERDALE DIGITAL PRINT:
NEW YORK CITY STUDIO SERIES!
+top-tier sponsor credit!
Jean Louis Morin • DIane Brill • Grace/Self Portrait • Mona • Still Life • Iman
• Level 6: "THROWN OUT BY THE BOUNCER" • All of Levels 1-5 plus:
A *deluxe* 11”x14” exhibition quality photographic print from the MARCUS LEATHERDALE NEW YORK CITY STUDIO SERIES!
+Ultimate Verso-page credits as a sponsor and co-publisher!
Choose from: - Andy Warhol at the Factory, Madonna, Debbie Harry
• V.I.P. invitation to the Marcus Leatherdale's gallery opening in Madrid (May 2017) or NYC (t.b.c.) • Dinner at Private Reception with Marcus & Close Friends!
*New* Top Level - You Are Publisher
Join us! Just like Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan in the Paris Review, or Ian Schrager at Studio 54, you are named PUBLISHER.
Be included in creative discussions, advised of editorial decisions, and contribute ideas at will. You will get to know everyone involved, and be invited to meetings, and invited to speak at all events.
You will be credited in all international registrations and distributions, and recognized as a valued member of the team.
Includes all previous levels.
Thank you all for your support!
IMAGES COPYRIGHT ©Marcus Leatherdale. All RIghts Reserved.
Risks and challenges
Barring limitations imposed by Brexit or Acts of God, the challenges to this project are minimal, and lie in the ability to gather, process, format and create the material in a timely manner. Polwarth has been actively & successfully producing specialty projects such as this for over five years — the most recent featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Sometimes, especially with small, custom-created projects, things take longer than usual. However, the interviews for the text are well underway, the images are all scanned, retouched where needed & ready, and the printer ready to go. Any necessary credit arrangements, supplies, incorporations, distance sales requirements, Data Protection registrations, etc. are in place.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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