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Two Solo Exhibitions.  One at the Queens Museum this February 2014 and the other at Flushing Town Hall in November 2013
Two Solo Exhibitions. One at the Queens Museum this February 2014 and the other at Flushing Town Hall in November 2013
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“The Islands of New York” is a photographic exploration of all the islands of New York City including the people of the waterfront. It is astounding to consider that there are over 40 islands which make up the five boroughs. It is even more astounding that after Hurricane Sandy our understanding of the islands and the connected waterways is so poor. This project will make them visible and provide crucial visual data that will lay the foundation for greater understanding and action. For how is it possible to understand an environment if you don’t know what it looks like or even where it is.

Dead End, City Island, Bronx 2011, 24" x 60"
Dead End, City Island, Bronx 2011, 24" x 60"

In this project, I use a large format (4x5) camera with which I make multiple views on color film that are pieced together to create panoramic images. The negatives are scanned into a computer and the photographs are edited and printed as archival ink jet images. The resulting works are large in scale, some as wide as twelve feet , others as tall as five feet.

I’ve been working on the project for five years and have made quite a few images. I’ve received attention from several institutions. The Museum of Modern Art bought an image for its collection and the Studio Museum in Harlem commissioned me to make a few others and published several of them. And I have a major work in a group show mounted by the International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York that opens at the end of October.

Flushing Creek, Queens, 2008, 40" x 24" (collection of the Museum of Modern Art)
Flushing Creek, Queens, 2008, 40" x 24" (collection of the Museum of Modern Art)

I’ve also worked with Department of Parks, The Department of Environmental Protection, The Trust of Governors Island and the Harbor School .

Now I’m preparing for not one but two solo shows. There is a small show at Flushing Town Hall opening very soon in November and a big one at the Queens Museum that opens in February. I need your help to prepare for both of them.

Your support will help me with buying paper and ink and allow me to take the time I need to create the prints.

Eltingville, Staten Island, 2012, 24" x 120" (Exhibited by International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York)
Eltingville, Staten Island, 2012, 24" x 120" (Exhibited by International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York)

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REWARD IMAGES
Below are views of the images that will be sent as rewards.

Michael and Josh in Tottenville Marina, Staten Island
Michael and Josh in Tottenville Marina, Staten Island


Available as an 8x10 print at the $100 and $500
Available as a 13x19 print at the $1,000 level

Noe Maldonado at Tottenville Marina, Staten Island
Noe Maldonado at Tottenville Marina, Staten Island

 Available as an 8x10 print at the $100 and $500
Available as a 13x19 print at the $1,000 level

Flushing Creek, Looking Towards Shea Stadium and Citi Field, in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art
Flushing Creek, Looking Towards Shea Stadium and Citi Field, in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art

 Available as an 8x10 print at the $100 and $500
Available as a 13x19 print at the $1,000 level

Newtown Creek Looking Towards Brooklyn, published by Abrams 2011, "New York In Color" by Bob Shamis
Newtown Creek Looking Towards Brooklyn, published by Abrams 2011, "New York In Color" by Bob Shamis

 Available as a 24x60 print at the $6,000 level

Loretta Dune, Staten Island (pre-Sandy)
Loretta Dune, Staten Island (pre-Sandy)

  Available as a 24x60 print at the $6,000 level

125th Street and Broadway, commissioned by the Studio Museum in Harlem, published in "Studio" Magazine and by Rizzoli 2010, "Harlem: A Century In Images"
125th Street and Broadway, commissioned by the Studio Museum in Harlem, published in "Studio" Magazine and by Rizzoli 2010, "Harlem: A Century In Images"

  Available as a 24x60 print at the $6,000 level

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be scheduling time on the high end printers I use to make the prints. These printers are at the schools where I teach so I will need to work around the students use of the equipment. There is sufficient time, however, to do this.

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FAQ

  • I work with film that comes in individual sheets. It has a particular shape related to how it is inserted into the camera, that's why it flares a bit at the top of the frame. To make the images, I put several of these negatives together so that the flared parts at the top touch and in the gap below there is a slim black space.

    This process makes clear that the image is based on film photography and that the type of seeing occurring within is photographic, which is related to but different than human vision. Most of the views shown by the photographs are not actually visible to the human eye. That is, they show an angle of view impossible to see simultaneously, it is truly a photographic type of vision.

    Additionally, the black lines underscore the act of placing the negatives together and reinforce the idea of it being a constructed space, a constructed vision.

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