MATTE Magazine no.26: James Gentile. 54 pages, perfect bound. Order HERE.
James Gentile is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose father, Lou, is the foremost expert on player piano maintenance in New England. As part of his profession, Lou is also called upon to dispose of old pianos that have been abandoned or are decayed beyond repair. He does this by pushing them off the back of his truck at the local dump in Scituate, Massachusetts. For the past two years, James has been documenting this process—which Lou jokingly calls "shit-canning pianos"—by shooting action sequences, collecting Lou's cellphone videos, and recording the ephemera around the dead pianos and his dad's repair shop. -Vice