Untitled 22 from "Banksy Captured," courtesy of Steve Lazarides.
Banksy’s ex-dealer Steve Lazarides is releasing a book of unseen photographs of the street artist in action captured during the time they worked together, before Banksy skyrocketed to global fame. Banksy Captured is coming out in December, and the first 50 readers to get their hands on it will have the chance to win a rare Banksy screen print.
Lazarides’s 250-page book of photographs document the 11 years that the former dealer worked with Banksy as his agent, photographer, and right-hand man. The images lift the veil on the secrecy surrounding the elusive artist, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of his famous works while they were being executed.
Asked why the time felt right to release the images now, Lazarides tells Artnet News, “I only recently got the negatives out of my loft. The date is just how long it took me to scan and edit them, and then put a book together. Nothing more to it than that.”
The photographs will also be available as limited-edition prints with prices starting at £450 ($582).
Lazarides began his career as a photographer who documented British subcultures and underground movements such as the early 1990s rave scene, skater communities, and the early days of street art. The book, which will be self-published and self-distributed by Lazarides, comes out in December and is available for £25 ($32).
Pissing copper from “Banksy Captured,” courtesy of Steve Lazarides.
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