Looking Down

Jay Matusow

Looking Behind the Light

Larry Davis

Looking Closely

Bob Leonard

Looking Up

Arnold Kastenbaum

Looking Narrowly

Susan Bowen

Looking Through

Myra Hafetz

Stories from the Kitchen Table

Astrid Reischwitz

April 2016

Special Gallery themed show, Point of View, and the first winner of the International Portfolio Competition

EXHIBITION DATES: April 6 – 30, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone is welcome.

In April, six Soho Photo Gallery artists each bring us to six very different landscapes, without traveling anywhere at all. In this gallery-wide, themed show entitled Point of View, the photographers work in the context of their very different styles to focus on a physical way of looking (through, narrowly, behind, closely, down) rather than on an abstract idea. Their shows all transform our accessible, mundane world into a personal way of seeing.

I have done several sets of "People Walking" series with varying points of view. This group of images show very fragmented bits of people (and dogs), and the ground for the first time plays an important role. What is missing from the frame is as important, or more so, than what has been included. Bodies are moving in and out of the picture; where the people are going and why remains a mystery. But wherever they are headed, they move with purpose and at that fast pace for which New Yorkers are known. These images foreshadow my later ground-oriented pictures (where I remove the human element entirely); I see these photos as a hybrid of the two bodies of work. The walking pictures are all about motion, the ground pictures are about moving slowly and paying attention. These "Looking Narrowly" images have a little of both, pulling the viewer in all sorts of directions.

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