Ash Thayer is a photographer and mixed media artist who currently resides in LA. We’ve shared some images here from her project, Kill City, which chronicles her time spent with punks and squatters in New York in the 1990s.
These images are not about perfect composition or the best possible lighting design, rather they are poignant pieces of documentary. We are given a window into a time and a lifestyle that no longer exists (at least in much of New York). Squatting and this kind of punk lifestyle is now much harder to find in 2016.
This is the power of photography – capturing moments and creating cultural time capsules that we can look back on, offering us insight into a way of life or a way of thinking that can be incredibly hard to find.