Dashwood Books

    For just a moment, forget the gloom and doom scenarios proffered for the publishing industry. The giants may be spiraling down, but in the past few years NYC has seen a number of small, independent bookstores open and thrive in an otherwise cloudy market. The ones making a go of it often cater to a niche market and Dashwood Books on Bond Street is a prime example. Here, the focus is exclusively on photography. Having come from the photo and fashion world, Dashwood owner David Strettell recognized a void where several disciplines converged: few bookstores were showcasing contemporary photography and art-direction, particularly works produced by smaller domestic and international presses. The shop’s selections—both new and used—are personally curated by Strettell and carefully arranged by subject and nationality; Japanese art is a particular specialty. A large number of chapbooks are available too, which is a rarity. Prepare to spend time browsing, as the shelves are unmarked. That may sound unhelpful, but the setup invites the visitor to come closer and inspect what’s on the shelves more carefully. Also, tags or signs would disrupt the store's clean-lined, minimalist aesthetic. Such attention to detail gives Dashwood a seamless quality that makes it feel as much like a gallery as a bookstore. Every few weeks, Dashwood tries to host an event or signing, which is just one more reason to keep up on what Strettell & Co. are doing.Show lessRead more

    33 Bond Street , New York (btw Bowery & Lafayette St)



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