powerHouse Books

powerHouse Books is an independent publisher of art and photography books founded in 1995 by Daniel Power, based near the Brooklyn waterfront of DUMBO in The powerHouse Arena.[2]

PowerHouse Books
PowerHouse Books Logo.jpg
FounderDaniel Power
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBrooklyn
DistributionSimon & Schuster[1]
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsphotography
Official websitewww.powerhousebooks.com
Interior of powerHouse Arena Bookstore, 2019
Photobooks – by Max Kozloff (ed), Christoph Bangert, Mark Cohen, Larry Fink, Jeff Mermelstein, and Michael Spano – from powerHouse (among unrelated Pelicans)

The powerHouse Arena also serves as a gallery, bookstore, and event space often used to promote artists working with the publisher.[3]


powerHouse primarily focuses on photography. Prominent photographers published by the firm include Lee Friedlander, Jamel Shabazz, Boogie, Nobuyoshi Araki, Edward Mapplethorpe, Arlene Gottfried, Ricky Powell, Jack Pierson, Vivian Maier, Ron Galella, Helen Levitt, Harry Benson, Danny Lyon, and the cooperative Magnum Photos.[4][5][6][7] In November 2008, the book Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History-Making Presidential Campaign by Scout Tufankjian sold out its initial print of 55,000 a month before its official December release, prompting powerHouse to print 22,000 more copies.[8]

It also publishes artists known for work in other fields. It partnered with Charlie Ahearn on Wild Style: The Sampler, a behind-the-scenes look at Ahearn's 1982 Wild Style, considered the first hip hop film.[9] Visual artists published include John Lurie, Francesco Clemente, Richard Prince, Kehinde Wiley, and George Condo.[10] Actors and filmmakers published include Diane Keaton, Jeff Bridges, Richard Lewis, Jessica Lange, David Lynch, and Brett Ratner.[11] Musicians include Richard Hell, DJ Stretch Armstrong, Mike McCready, KRS-One, Gene Simmons, and The Beastie Boys.[12]

In 2020 it established a literary imprint called Archway Editions with Chris Molnar (of The Writer's Block) and Nicodemus Nicoludis, which will publish work by Ishmael Reed, John Farris, Masha Tupitsyn, Paul Schrader, Mike Sacks, Stacy Szymaszek, Alice Notley, and more, including anthologies from cokemachineglow as well as the Unpublishable and Archways reading series.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Simon & Schuster". Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  2. ^ Reid, Calvin (10 July 2006). "PowerHouse sets up shop in Brooklyn". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  3. ^ Deahl, Rachel (1 December 2008). "PowerHouse Sees Green with Event Space". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Vicki (24 December 1995). "Photography View; Intimate Snapshots from the Underground". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  5. ^ Gefter, Philip (10 June 2007). "36 Hours in New York". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  6. ^ Banks, Eric (10 June 2005). "When a Neighborhood Fell, and Barely Made a Sound". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. 1 December 2001. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  8. ^ Andriana, Lynn (18 November 2008). "PowerHouse Sells Out First Printing of Obama Book". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  9. ^ Wignall, James (2 October 2007). "A walk on the wild side". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  10. ^ "Art Archives".
  11. ^ "Celebrity Archives".
  12. ^ "Celebrity Archives".
  13. ^ Reed, Ishmael (6 October 2020). The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda. ISBN 9781576879245.
  14. ^ "Digital Catalog".

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