“An amazing, evocative project — the visuals are magnificent.”
—Julie Grau Publisher, Spiegel & Grau/Random House
“A book that captures the true essence of Montauk.”
—Alice Houseknecht Former Proprietor, East Deck Motel
The real beauty in a place like Montauk is its character - the character of its people and the character of its land.
SURF+TURF: MONTAUK a new book by Car Pelleteri, is a portrait of Montauk from 2012 to 2013. Through intimate interviews of its natives and locals, Car captures a frame in Montauk’s history during a tense, cultural shift from a fishing community of 60’s surfers and smugglers to a hipster resort destination for celebrities and the fabulously young and rich.
Montauk, at its roots is a fishing and surfing community authentically New York, and yet deeply American. Montauk is hardworking, raw, loyal, wild, money making and fun loving. The first surfers rode into Montauk in the 1960’s and did anything they could to live and surf in Montauk. Most became fishermen, some waitresses and others started businesses. Over the course of fifty years they built and preserved what Montauk is today. Known then as the wild wild east, Montauk establishes itself with a rich history of cool and becomes world reknown as the summer hideout for cultural icons Andy Warhol, Halston, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.
SURF+TURF: MONTAUK captures a rare oral history of a uniquely American seaside town told through candid portraits of its original locals and natives. SURF+TURF features interviews with town matriarch Roberta Gosman, pro surfer Leif Engstrom, Shagwong owner Jimmy Hewitt and more.
SURF+TURF: MONTAUK is an endless summer classic and is a limited edition printing of 500 hardcover books. Buy it here.
Carissa "Car" Pelleteri is a portrait and landscape photographer born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. She started shooting photos at the age of 10. Living amongst the city’s proudest New Yorkers, Car is naturally drawn to raw and candid subjects for their honesty and authenticity.
Car has shot for clients such as Random House, Simon & Schuster and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Her work has been featured in shows at Deitch Projects and D’Amelio galleries in New York, Galerie du jour Agnès b, Paris and in editorials for Autopilot Kommersant (Russia) and Blackbook. Car lives with her husband Vic and son Leo.