Landmarked Interiors

The good folks at Metropolis gave me a demanding assignment:  photograph at least five landmarked interiors in New York in a short time.  We decided on seven locations to scout initially.  It took a few days to get snapshots of what was immediately accessible.  Of the initial seven locations, only four made the final edit.  Our last location, Beacon Theater, came together in a flurry of eleventh hour phone calls (it wasn’t on our initial list).  After many days of negotiating with myself, and virtually everyone on staff at Metropolis, the good people at MSG (who controls the venue) allotted one hour for the shoot.  I got lucky when a good-natured union guy turned on the lights.

The Brooklyn Historical Society (founded in 1863) is one of New York’s quiet treasures.  The library on the second floor is pure nineteenth century .  It’s wooden doors bear an insignia that once belonged to the Long Island Historical Society, the previous incarnation of this storied institution.  It was on our list from the beginning, and had everyone buzzing with anticipation.  Access was easily won, and graciously extended upon my arrival.  I was initially given two hours, which stretched into more than three.  I would have been happy to shoot all day there, or to sit and read the Brooklyn Eagle.

An interview with my friend Susan Szenasy is here.

Martin C. Pedersen’s thoughtful article and a portfolio of my images are here.

Special Thanks to Belinda Lanks, Paul Makovsky, Dungjai Pungauthaikan, and Magda Biernat for opening so many doors and treating the resulting work with such respect.  It is my pleasure to work with you all.

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