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12.03.2012

 

The Forty-Deuce : the Times Square photographs by Bill Buttersworth - when 'Global City New York' was still 'guilty' of sin

In the 1970s and 1980s New York was the melting pot of the world, in every way imaginable: luxury, money, drugs, sex and each sin conceivable, you could find everything there. And the belly button of this sexy seductress was 42nd Street Times Square -also known as the 'Forty-Deuce'.

‘The Forty-Deuce: The Times Square Photographs of Bill Butterworth, 1983-1984’ is a series of photographs capturing a gritty, glamorous, and authentic old-school New York, well before Mickey Mouse took over Times Square and scrubbed it clean.

Curators and editors Beatriz and Hilton Ariel Ruiz have collected and preserved the work of local street photographer Bill Butterworth, and have drawn from his work to create a revealing portrait of the Forty-Deuce, inside and out—capturing the unique street life and street style of the era, but also drawing us deeper in, to the peep shows, sex shops, backroom brothels, dimly lit arcades, and low-budget theatres where the action happened.

Bill Butterworth came to New York from Australia in 1964 at the age of 24 to study fine art at the Art Students League of New York. After a swift stay in Berkely, he moved to the Big Apple in 1970 and took up photography in 1980. In 1997, Butterworth left the darkroom and has spent the last 14 years videotaping amateur boxing in the New York area.


The Forty-Deuce: The Times Square Photographs of Bill Butterworth, 1983-1984
Edited by Hilton Ariel Ruiz and Beatriz Ruiz
Introduction by Carlo McCormick
Powerhouse Books
Hardcover
10.5 x 10.5 inches
124 Pages
over 200 full-colour photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-578-0
$39.95, $46.00 CAD