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.

"An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve" Mies Van Der Rohe As a teenager I developed a love for photography and in the late 1960's had my first exhibits at the Floating Foundation of Photography and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City. After a long hiatus, I rekindled my passion for the art and in more recent years have participated in more than fifty juried exhibits, galleries and museums in Westchester and New York City. In my work, no attempt is made to depict an object as it naturally appears. The goal is to create a new object that did not exist before. The photograph itself becomes the object without regard to the subject matter. With this in mind, I utilize the unique characteristics of the medium to portray commonplace objects and show the viewer an alternative representation of the object. Often an attempt is made to show an overlooked or underlying aesthetic that exists in the mundane, be it a light fixture or a staircase or some other simple thing. At times this results in a momentary surprise, leaving the viewer to question what the object is or how its image was produced. The current exhibit consists of 14 images that began creation with my camera pointed upward - hence the title "Looking Up”.