Ash Thayer began taking pictures of the punk community she was a part of at the age of 17, while in high school. She continued photographing this subject matter when she moved to NYC to attend The School of Visual Arts. Thayer discovered the squatting community on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and lived in several of these buildings throughout the 90s. She focused solely on photographing her community for the duration of college.
C-Squat: At 155 Avenue C in Manhattan, squatters have taken over the building (building C, the most famous) and have used it ever since their landowners left the buildings to decay. It's since turned into a magnificent concert and art venue.