Lower East Side Portrait Photographer Seeking Subjects

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 at 10:15 am by

In recent months, photographer Brian Rose hit the blogosphere in an ambitious attempt to raise funding for a photo book called Time and Space on the Lower East Side.  Thanks to Kickstarter (an LES company itself), the neighborhood documentarian collected more than his stated goal of $10,000.  The new tome, which will reportedly include over one hundred photos, is set to hit shelves early next year.

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But Rose also instructs a similarly-themed class at the International Center for Photography in midtown, where students are presently charged with developing a unique angle to document the Lower East Side.  One of said proteges reached out to us explaining his objective  It’s a slightly intrusive, albeit intimate, endeavor.  Australian Mark Townsend decided to photograph neighborhood residents inside their homes.  In his own words:

I decided to take the approach of shooting people’s portraits in their homes as a way of portraying the Lower East Side without shooting “The Lower East Side.” I could have shot the Bowery, Tompkins Square Park, Alphabet City etc. but these places are already well documented & I find pictures of people much more engaging. I was hoping to get a range of people to capture the diversity of the LES.

As many might imagine, it’s proving a tad difficult to find those willing to participate. So if this sounds like something in your wheelhouse, contact Townsend and make some magic.  We are told shoots typically take fifteen minutes at most, and all subjects receive a signed print.

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