Coming Soon to a Coffee Table near you.  Funded by Kickstarter, Godlis' CBGB Punk Photo Book HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT - PHOTOGRAPHS 1976-1979 has gone to press  and will be out JUNE 2016. Here are a few images. Watch here for more details on how to purchase.


Ramones, CBGB's 1977

Alex Chilton, Bowery 1977

Ramones, Bowery 1977

Christopher Parker, Bowery 1977

Jim Jarmusch, Bowery 1978

Patti Smith, Bowery 1976

Talking Heads, CBGB's 1977

Suicide, CBGB 1977

Richard Hell, Bowery rainstorm 1977

Hilly Kristal, Bowery 1977

Stiv Bators, Divine CBGB 1978

Blondie, CBGB 1977

No Wave Punks, Bowery 1978

Photos © GODLIS - all rights reserved 

Metal Matzoh Music - Inside Streit's Matzoh Factory

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We went down to Rivington Street last weekend for an unleavened tour, behind the scenes, of the Streit's Matzoh Factory. Look at us here with all the Shomer Shabos bakers - that's the "secret society" of religious Jews that are required to mix the flour and water that starts the mysterious 18 minute process of baking Kosher Matzohs. Can you believe they let us in there? Shomer Shabbos I'm not (say Shomer Shabbos 3 times for a good laugh).  All together now - Streit's Matzoh Rules! 


mixing it up with the kids

the mixing department

18 minutes later...

tuning up the oven

hot off the press

mix-master machine


From the mixing department, through the hotter than the Egyptian sun ovens, naturally cooled in cute metal racks on runners, the matzoh is then hand packed into classic pink boxes.  A matzoh factory in converted tenement buildings.  A family owned business for 100 years. All this for the staple of a 10 day holiday. God Bless Streit's Matzohs!

cooling down

matzoh rapping machine

cracking up

all lined up - the matzoh factory

hot off the press

classic pink passover boxes

cutting it down to size

leaning tower of matzoh

window display

window display

matzoh - the early years

all photos © GODLIS

My Night with the Analog Mafia - Richard Bellia's "Grunge" photos at Agnes b.


I was shooting the Opening Friday night at Agnes b.'s Store & Galereie on 50 Howard Street, of Richard Bellia's  "Grunge" photographs - an event that timed out nicely with the Nirvana reunion at the Barclays center the night before - thoughts of Joan Jett singing "Teen Spirit" were still running through my pointed little head.  "Hear we are now! Entertain us!.  

Did I mention that Richard is French? Well, he showed up with his gang of film camera, digital bashing enthusiasts whom I quickly dubbed the "Analog Mafia",  and the battle to entertain was on! The French sure love their photography - I've been to Arles Rencontres and spent many a night drinking fine wine and debating every minute aspect of the art of photography.  God love them - they invented it. So I was ready and armed this weekend -with my fab new Fuji Film digital camera - to take on Richard Bellia and his  "Analog Mafia".  Much fun was had. Many pictures were taken. Richard, his partner Isabelle Jacquemond, and pal Renaud Ruhlmann all shot analog.  I shot digital. But I was the only one who could show you the picture I just shot. Of course that was scoffed at as just a "little poof"  by the Analog Mafia.  Smells like Teen Spirit to me. "Oh well, whatever, never mind." 

catch the Exhibition running thru May 4 - 50 Howard St. NYC

all photos by GODLIS


Richard Bellia outside the gallery with his gear.

Richard Bellia & Isabelle Jaquemond on Bond street

Renaud Ruhlmann with Isabelle

Richard & Isabelle on Bond St.

Isabelle Jacquemond 

Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" on the big screen TONIGHT!

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Have you ever seen Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" on the big screen? Not to be missed, it's screening 6:30 TONIGHT uptown at the Walter Reade on 65th street. Neil Young soundtrack. Johnny Depp. Glorious Black & White. The best screen with the best sound system in the city. Well worth the standing room line - don't worry, you'll get in.  And did I mention that JIM JARMUSCH will be on hand TONIGHT IN PERSON for the post screening Q and A? 

Details at the FSLC page here


And "Dead Man" is just a warm up for Jarmusch's fab new vampire film "Only Lovers Left Alive", which opens Friday.  Analog obsessed Vampires in Detroit and Tangiers. Starring Tilda Swinton, seen here with Jarmusch at the NY Film Festival screening last October.


Jim Jarmusch & Tilda Swinton, NY FIlm Festival 2011   PHOTO: GODLIS