Banksy’s former art dealer Steve Lazarides just released a book titled Banksy Captured, comprised of never-before-seen images spotlighting the elusive British artist executing some of his most iconic works. The 250-page publication chronicles the 11 years the duo spent together with Lazarides working as the notorious graffiti artist’s agent, personal photographer, and all-around assistant.
“We were lawless and did just what we wanted. Matey Boy [Banksy] had a political agenda that you can see very clearly in everything he does, but I just had a fucking blast,” Lazarides told The Guardian. “I was from Bristol like him and loved graffiti art – it was for the dispossessed, those of us who didn’t go to galleries or have private educations. So it was a meeting of minds from day one.”
Lazarides started his career as a photographer who had gigs around the United Kingdom shooting subcultures in the 1990s including the skate and street art communities. He met Banksy during one of his assignments for Sleaze Nation magazine, having acted as both the artist’s photographer and lookout so they wouldn’t get arrested.
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Well that’s it my lovelies! You just made an old man very happy. The first edition is now sold out and selling on eBay for a vastly inflated price. I’ve not actually received the full shipment and they are already being flipped! It’s like the old days at POW all over again!! Thankfully I took a massive risk and had put the second edition into print just after the first. This one though isn’t numbered. Again thanks so much to all of you who used your hard earned cash to buy the book. I’m humbled. #Lazaridesphotography #blownaway #banksy
In regards to why the pair never got arrested, Lazarides expressed to the publication that “The secret is hi-vis jackets and traffic cones. Nobody stops you if you have them.” In another scenario, Lazarides gave the artist a fictitious letter that gave Banksy authorization from a film producer to paint a wall. “And I would be the film producer, armed with a burner phone. If I got a call, I was primed to say, ‘Sorry mate, I meant him to do the other side of the street.”
You can find more behind-the-scenes moments in Lazarides’ book that is on sale now for £25 GBP (approx. $32 USD) on the official Banksy Captured website. The book on sale is the second edition with the first edition already sold out with copies currently listed for upwards of £600 GBP (approx. $785 USD) on eBay.
Additionally, Lazarides is also selling prints of his photos on the website with prices starting at £450 GBP (approx. $588 USD). “Affordable art, like we did back in the day. I want to use this as a model for how to sell artists’ work. No third parties. Just me and the public. I can be an art world gangster again,” he said in a statement.
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Hi my lovely lovely people. First off I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, THANK YOU. You’ve not only bought shit loads of my book but also proved its possible to take an idea from concept to delivery on your own terms and maintain independence, which means a lot to me. I’ve noticed that some of you are beginning to receive your books, even better it seems that you even like them. I’ve moved heaven and earth to get them out to you in time for Christmas. For anyone who doesn’t receive them in time I’m truly sorry but there is only so much that’s within my control. From here on any orders received after midday tomorrow won’t be processed until the new year. The second edition delivery was delivered as soon as we could get it, we are shipping them but can’t guarantee that they will be in your hands this side of Christmas. The majority of the prints have now been shipped and we are going full tilt to get the remainder out before Christmas. All the winners of the Di-Face Tenners and the winner of the Bomb Middle England print will receive a confirmation email in the next few days. We will ship these independent of the books for security reasons. You lot rock Have a wonderful Christmas and new year Laz
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