Here For The Ride
Here For The Ride is Andre D. Wagner’s first monograph and comprehensive body of work. The book chronicles the everyday life of people as they embark on a personal journey through the New York subway system.
Made up of sixty-two photographs that are intended to be read more than viewed, Here For The Ride is a collective sequence alluding to the qualities of life that are often invisible to the common eye. What started as an approach to kill the mundaneness of commuting between Brooklyn and Manhattan soon turned into a three-year journey through the New York City subway. Rather than attempting to depict all subway lines and boroughs, Wagner focused on photographing his personal journey in transit. This approach was natural in practice, but still demanded a sense of urgency as the visual dynamics changed from one stop to another, leaving Wagner not knowing when his subjects would arrive at their destination and exit the scene forever.
In an attempt to encapsulate a glimpse of American life and its social landscape, the subway is certainly the venue, but the spirit of this comprehensive body of work resides in its passengers and the poetic visuals of Wagner’s soul as a photographer. Individually, each photograph is an independent moment in time; as a collection, a narrative is built, guided not by linear time but by emotion.
Containing two interrelated documents, the hardcover book contains the primary photographic narrative, consisting of 100 pages and 62 photos, with an introduction by Miles Hodges. The paperback includes an essay by Zun Lee that examines the photographic work in the book. The paperback also contains an in-depth interview with the artist and a series of images that delve deeper into the artistic process behind book.
Here For The Ride is produced and published by Creative Future. The first edition is limited to 750 copies, each comes with a numbered certificate, verifying the originality of the work.
Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.5 inches. 100 pages + covers. Duotone offset printing. 150 gsm. coated paper. Casebound with a special debossed tip-on image on the front cover.
Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.5 inches. 32 pages + covers. Duotone offset printing. 130 gsm. uncoated paper. Stapled binding. Features a special fold-out cover, as well as a 8-page gatefold with contact sheets.
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Quotes from the book
“Wagner has worked to build a visual language that respects everyday life and encapsulates the infinite nuances of people simply goin’ ‘bout their business, a language that portrays normality at its finest.” — From Miles Hodges’ introduction in Here For The Ride.
“The title Here For The Ride suggests that very possibility of human connection if we so choose, and Andre certainly makes that choice. He does not mean for us to be outsiders, simply because he himself is not, either. We are asked to be fully present with him in a space where daily life is not suspended but consciously expressed and performed by the riders; sometimes subtly, sometimes more overtly.” — From Zun Lee’s essay in the book ‘The Quiet Power of the Quotidian’.
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