by Tod Seelie | Prestel | $35
What ever happened to the wild and crazy, edgy and gritty, gloriously decadent New York City of yesteryear? By Seelie's account, it never went away. Since the early aughts, he's mined the city's subcultures, photographing friends and strangers in mosh pits, strip clubs, underground encampments, and assorted protests and happenings. With an eye for drama, Seelie captures the energy of reckless youth in vivid low-fi—as if Ryan McGinley had fallen in with a truly wild crowd. Yet nothing seems forced. "The people in his photos don't look like they're performing for the camera—they're living passionately," Jeff Stark writes in the book's intro. "He manages to capture their lives in a way that is honest and special, without compromising their integrity."