About the Book
My studio is located in New York's Lower East Side, close to the famous Bowery Mission. Homeless guys taking shelter there frequently panhandle in the streets close to the mission. Whenever they get a penny they through them right out, since none of the stores around the neighborhood would allow these guys to pay one cent coins anymore. Naturally, the coins end up on the streets and cars press them into the hot asphalt.
For the past few years I have been taking pictures of these coins. This book is a collection of 25 of these pictures, documenting the literal devaluation of the dollar.
Hermann is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He is the principal of 2n - a New York-based data visualization design agency. His work at 2n has earned him numerous awards including three consecutive awards for Design Excellency from Communication Arts Magazine. His Levine & Walker installation was shown at the 2011 Rencontres d’Arles in the group show FROM HERE ON, (curated by Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta , Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, and Joachim Schmid) as well as at the FoMu in Antwerpen and the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona. In 2012, his books were part of the ABC/POD show at Printed Matter, New York and the DIY: Photographers & Books exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Together with artist Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton he worked on Various Small Books, a book about books about books made in homage or referencing the Artist Books of Ed Ruscha, published by MIT Press in the Spring of 2013. Hermann is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative.