Richard Sandler | The Eyes of the City | Gallery Opening | Wed, Dec. 6, 2017 | 7:30 - 9:00pm
Join us on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. for a gallery opening, artist talk and book signing with photographer Richard Sandler. Richard will give a gallery talk about his exhibition, The Eyes of the City, and speak about his 40 year career. This exhibition will be on display through February 21, 2018 and Richard will return to Miami in early 2018 for a photography workshop (more details to come). To learn more about Richard's career, please read the wonderful feature about him in the New York Times Lens Blog.
Says Sandler about his exhibition, "The photographs in this show were made in New York City (and Boston) between 20 and 40 years ago, and they depict a complicated time that lives in limbo: they are too young to be historical records of the distant past, and too old to resemble today’s high tech malaise; Thus, these are pictures from the 'recent past,' and as such, they reveal the time just before the mass proliferation of computers, cell phones, digital cameras and the internet.
New York was a mess and there was no way to filter the realities of the broken city, and there was no refuge in virtual space yet. For better and for worse, one was simply ’on the street,’ 'in public space,' bathing in the comforts, (or terrors), of the human sea.
Underground, graffiti tags and spray painting exploded onto every surface and whole subway cars were “bombed,” windows and all. Above and below ground, crime and crack were on the rise, rents were cheap, many souls were homeless, and tourists avoided the city.
The Times Square and the East Village streets, though dangerous, were also havens for an edgy art scene with dozens of galleries and music clubs. In mid-town, and on Wall Street, the rich wore gaudy furs in unprecedented numbers, and like now, the extremes of wealth and destitution were on parade.To some, the New York City of the recent past was a hell on Earth, yet to others it was one of New York’s most fertile artistic periods.
I had one eye out for soulful and ironic juxtapositions, and the other out to record civic history itself. I shot 4 – 5 rolls of film everyday and safely danced with the city’s ghosts."
This event is kindly sponsored by The Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
Richard Sandler is a street photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has directed and shot eight non-fiction films, including “The Gods of Times Square,” “Brave New York” and “Radioactive City.”
Sandler’s still photographs are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art.
He was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for photography, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for Filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts fellowship for Filmmaking.
To view more of Richard's work, visit his website.