Scalo Files for Bankruptcy

Swiss book publisher best known in U.S. for September 11 "Here is New York" project.

Scalo, the Zurich-based art and photography publishing house and gallery best known in the U.S. for it's Here Is New York project, announced today that it will file bankruptcy on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Walter Keller, who has directed Scalo since its inception, opened the international publishing house with the late Swiss film producer George Reinhart in 1991. In addition to its gallery and bookshop in Zurich, Scalo opened a New York gallery in SoHo in 1998, which became the Scalo Project Space at 436 W. 15th Street, in Chelsea in 2003 and was closed in 2005.

The Here Is New York project collected images of the Sept. 11 attacks from hundreds of professional and amateur photographers and presented them in a traveling exhibition and corresponding book. "To underline that it was the images themselves that mattered, rather than their makers," a description on scalo.com explains, "the photographs were all digitally scanned, printed out in exactly the same format, and hung from wires without attribution nor frames in a Prince St. store front."

According to today's release, Edition Patrick Frey, which had been publicized and distributed by Scalo, will remain untouched by the bankruptcy. Scalo's former PR officer, André Gstettenhofer, will continue to coordinate Edition Patrick Frey books.