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Reykjavík’s Nighttime Regulars

Kaffibarinn, a bar in Reykjavík, Iceland, opened its doors for the first time in 1993. The bar was an overnight hit, attracting artists, musicians, media types, and other cool kids and creatures of the night. The crowd had a huge lust for life and created an atmosphere of sweet innocence and hardcore partying.

As the name suggests, Barflies: Reykjavik 2, published by PowerHouse Books is a follow-up book. As in the fist book, the people portrayed by the Snorri Bros are Kaffibarinn regulars. Some of the faces will be recognized, but now they’re a quarter of a century older. All of the portraits were shot at Kaffibarinn; each are framed in the same way and shot on the same Hasselblad camera, with the same 50mm silver lens, against the same background, and with the same lighting. The Snorri Bros exposed only one frame of each subject.

Kaffibarinn’s location in the old part of Reykjavík makes it a central spot to stop for coffee, tea or a few pints. After midnight, it morphs into one heaving dance floor. It’s these electric nights that have cemented Kaffibarinn’s status and changed Reykjavík’s nightlife forever.

Barflies: Reykjavik 2
By the Snorr Bros
PowerHouse Books

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