The Loft Law

The Last of New York City’s Original Artist Lofts


This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2024.

ISBN: 9788862088152 Category:

Joshua Charow


Charow spent the past two years creating his first photography book about artists living under the protection of The Loft Law. The law, enacted in 1982, granted protection and rent control to thousands of artists who were living illegally in commercial and manufacturing zoned lofts in neighborhoods like Soho, Tribeca, and the Bowery after the manufacturing industry left New York. Two years ago he found a map of the remaining protected buildings, rang hundreds of doorbells, and photographed and interviewed over 50 artists who are still living in these incredible lofts to this day. As New York faces an unprecedented amount of empty commercial space, this is perfect timing for this incredible untold story.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 4 June 2024
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g


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Joshua Charow is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. His projects aim to unveil hidden stories and subcultures around New York. He seeks to understand and explore the people at the center of these stories. As a teenager, Josh would escape his suburban New Jersey town and go to New York City in order to climb skyscrapers, bridges, and visit abandoned subway stations. This subculture introduced Josh to photography as he wanted to document these off-limits locations as he risked his life to visit them. Josh went on to study film and television at NYU Tisch. He currently works as a cinematographer and recently shot 'Untrapped', a feature documentary that premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and reached #3 on the Amazon Prime Video US Movies chart. He also worked as a cinematographer on Hulu's new docuseries, 'apCaviar Presents'. In 2021, Josh made a short documentary for TIME Magazine about James Maroon, who cleans the 9/11 memorial reflecting pools on a nightly basis. This documentary became TIME's most viewed digital documentary of the year, with over four million views. His latest documentary is about Treb Heining, the man who created and still leads a team of people that disperse 3,000 pounds of confetti by hand onto Times Square during the New Years Eve Ball Drop. Josh self-published this film on social media and it has garnered 5 million views across all his platforms. Josh has worked with various publications and brands, including TIME, Canon, Gucci, New York Fashion Week, Microsoft, V Magazine, Old Navy, Red Bull, NASDAQ, and more.