7th & Second Gallery
Shore Points and Urbanscapes
by Aubrey Kauffman
Photographs made on a large format camera in B&W using film and following a 20th Century tradition of street photography of changing places. The April show is being curated by the En Foco in the Bronx which is a Touring Photography Gallery Organization that features young emerging artists. Since the start of the gallery at Middle we have had many shows curated by En Foco. You can find them on the web at enfoco.org.
April 1 - 27, 2012
My fascination with landscapes began in the early 80's as a post-graduate student at Philadelphia College of Art. I admired the work of the old masters, such as Ansel Adams, Walker Evans and Edward Weston, whose documentary style romanticized the West with its great vistas and amazing points of view. They would print with great clarity, tonality and craftsmanship. It was then that I began to work with a 4 x 5 view camera. I studied the work of photographers George Tice's Urban Landscapes and Guy Russell's minimalist work in The Space Outside. Their work spoke to me as I continued to try to place a contemporary context on the urban landscape. In collecting images that sometime speak to the desolation and the absence of human interaction, I have looked to expand the vocabulary that defines this experience, and serve as a documentation of the changing urban landscape. Architectural details and open spaces are an on-going theme that capture my interest and my interpretation ranges from abstract to formal. -Aubrey J. Kauffman