Lahary Pittman "Shifting Boundaries & Culture of the Lower East Side

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'Shifting Boundaries & Culture of the Lower East Side' photographs by Lahary Pittman is a contemporary photo essay on the changing Lower East Side. Pittman follows in the path of generations of documentary photographers who since the late 19th century have chronicled life on the lower east side. Jacob Riis documented the squalor of tenement life at the beginning at the turn of the century; Ben Shahn (an alumnus of the Educational Alliance) and others documented street life in the 1930's and 40's; Rebecca Lepkoff documented the changes in the 1950's and 60's. Shifting Boundaries catalogues the LES at yet another turning point. The Lower East Side primarily made up of poor and working class residents is rapidly seeing new luxury high-rise apartments being built on the site of former tenements. Expensive restaurants, hip bars, designer boutiques and art galleries are squeezing into ten foot wide former underwear or stationary storefronts. In addition to the temporal ambivalence of the black and white photographs, the visual style is characterized by antique toning serving to blur the boundaries of the 35mm documentary form with the fine art palette. The aim is to preserve and redialogue urban muralism, street photography and their formal elements.
Schedule
From 2009-01-07 To 2009-02-11 Opening Reception on 2009-01-07 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Lahary Pittman

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