About the Book
A camera flash pops on the Lower East Side. A neon sign nearing death flickers to life in a deli window in Harlem. The 40-story high billboards of Times Square cut through the darkness to expose the furry costumed street performers that scurryamong the throngs of gaping-mouthed tourists, disenchanted businessmen and trash collectors. Turn On Those Bright Lights pulls back the dusty curtain and exposes NYC for what it is at this moment of time. This is not a love story.
Aaron Kobilis is a freelance photographer and graphic designer. His work often focuses on candid street scenes and eclectic urban cultures, examining the scaffolding and nuance of their distinct personalities. Aaron studied communication design and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Years into the digital photography renaissance, he revisited his love of traditional film and processing by studying at Corcoran School of Art + Design. A lifelong travel addict, Aaron has lived between Berlin and New York City since 2010, capturing the images that would form his latest book, Turn On Those Bright Lights, and his previous, New York / Berlin: Of the People / Von den Menschen. Aaron currently lives and works in New York City, the allure of Berlin never far from his thoughts.