New York is proving to be a hub of great photography, this week.
A wonderful show of classic Ansel Adam images at the Robert Mann Gallery, in Chelsea – including a huge print of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and the iconic Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite. Sooooo expensive: “We don't publicise the prices”!!!
Saw some lovely Eugene Atget photographs of Paris accompanying a brilliant Toulouse Lautrec exhibition at MoMA. The Sebastio Salgardo Genesis show has made it to NYC at the International Center of Photography – seen in London at the NatHist Museum last year. Impressive monochrome landscapes, some slightly over-Photoshopped for my liking. The contrasts were simply not-believable.
For my own work, we visited two or three locations on the Subway before we found a good elevated section in a gritty area. The stretch along Livonia Avenue at the end of Line 3, in darkest East Brooklyn, provided a suitable backdrop for the types of photos I had envisaged. I took the best part of a roll of HP5 there, so hopefully the journey will have been worth it. Edgy photos in an edgy suburb!