powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the March 2016 release of

By Scot Sothern

In the 1980s photographer and writer Scot Sothern embedded himself in the dark inner-city hollows of Los Angeles and Tijuana, shooting and writing what he saw, fashioning a spotlight of sorts on the discarded people whose daily existence consisted of glass pipes and slaps across the face: women, and some men, who probably never had a chance in this world. This book is their story. 

Streetwalkers is a bleak, real examination of street prostitution in contemporary America by an artist and writer whose own illicit compulsions and literary muscle inform every page. With new work and previously unpublished stories, this 30-year project is now final and should continue to cause strong reactions from all who see it.

Writer-photographer Scot Sothern spent 40 years hustling work and drifting from job to job. His first exhibit, “LOWLIFE,” was held at the notorious Drkrm Gallery in Los Angeles in 2010. His first book, LOWLIFE, was published in the U.K. by Stanley Barker in 2011. Sothern has since had solo shows on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in Ottawa, Paris, Basel, and London. The British Journal of Photography called LOWLIFE, “The year’s most controversial photobook.” From 2013 to 2015, Scot wrote two twice-monthly columns with photographs, “Nocturnal Submissions” and “Sothern Exposure,” for Vice. Sothern has published more than 50 photoillustrated stories. In 2013, Curb Service: A Memoir was published by Soft Skull Press, and An American Lowlife, a digital photobook, was published by powerHouse Books. Sothern maintains a blog,


A partial preview is available by clicking here: Streetwalkers


Photography/Prostitution/Gutsy Urban Exploring
Paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 inches, 232 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-761-6, $20.00 US/CAN


High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. Mandatory credit line: From Streetwalkers by Scot Sothern, published by powerHouse Books.


For more information, please contact:
Sam Caggiula, Publicist
powerHouse Books, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 212-604-9074 x118,
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