If it's not contemporary, and it's not photography, you won't find it at this tucked-away bookstore on a cobblestone street in downtown New York. The place has some impressive credentials: owner David Strettell was the cultural director of Magnum photographs before he opened the store in 2005. Appropriately, he's staffed Dashwood with legitimate photography experts—including Kat Shannon and Miwa Susuda—at least one of whom will almost certainly be on hand should you happen to visit. In the past decade, the store (which is sparsely decorated, all the better for the beautiful books to shine) has become a compulsory stop on any cultural shopping tour of New York, as well as a sub-street-level haven for locals, whom you'll often find propping up the counter.
Dashwood also publishes its own books, which often sell out quicker than you can say "Juergen Teller," and Strettell and his team make it a point to continually seek out and support emerging artists from around the world. Some of the more precious pieces are on the shelves behind the counter, but Strettell and team are happy to pull out anything (and, trust us, it's worth asking).