Dreamers come to the city hoping to find their way. A young Ukranian model backstage at a midtown fashion show, a Latina transsexual in a dressing room in Jackson Heights, and new immigrants walking the streets of Chinatown. From the dystopian landscape of Willets Point to the singular beauty of Tribeca, Loculars presents, through NYC Street, the works of six accomplished New York photographers who have found passion in exploring a unique patch of the city. In the process, they have artfully frozen in time quotidian moments most of us pass by or never get to see.
1. The Art of Backstage at New York Fashion Week
Get exclusive backstage access to NY Fashion Week and photograph the transformation of models from street to runway with renowned fashion photographer Mark de Paola
3. Chinatown, Old and New
Experience one of Manhattan’s oldest and most vibrant immigrant enclaves staying away from the beaten tourist path, with award-winning street photographer Dimitri Mellos
4. Life Inside the Latino L.G.B.T. Community
Get an insider’s look into the nightlife of this vibrant community with New York Times published documentary photographer Joana Toro
5. Willets Point: New York’s Iron Triangle
Photograph one of America’s largest auto junkyards run by endeavoring migrants and on the verge of disappearance with documentary photographer Greg Brophy
Donna Ferrato is a documentary photographer from Lorain, Ohio. She has published four books including “Living with the Enemy” and “Love and Lust”; as well as participated in over 500 one-woman shows internationally. Ferrato has received awards such as the W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987). In 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.” Currently, Ferrato is documenting her rapidly-changing New York neighborhood of Tribeca for a new book and leads international experimental workshops called “The Erotic Eye.” She also has a traveling retrospective, first exhibited in Italy at Cortona On The Move 2017 festival, called “American Woman: 40 Years,” which brings all of Ferrato’s lifelong projects—domestic violence, sex, Tribeca, assignment work, and family life—together for the first time.
Mark de Paola is a director and photographer based in New York City best known for his wide-open shooting style. De Paola has had multiple covers for Vogue Spain and Mexico, as well as campaigns and commercials for Donna Karen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Brioni, Neutrogena, La Perla, Sephora and MAC Cosmetics to name a few. Mark has directed nearly 700 television commercials in the fashion/beauty sector, including Anheuser-Busch (Superbowl), Sony, Kawasaki, Ford Motorsports, Ducati Motorcycles, Toyota, Giorgio RED Perfume (exhibited at MOMA, NY) and English Ideas Cosmetics amongst others. Mark’s fine art series “60 Seconds” (a series of nudes shot with handheld 60-second exposures) and “The Art of Backstage” (shot during NY Fashion Week) have been exhibited at the Leica Gallery LA, Boston, Tokyo, San Francisco and Dali, China. Most recently, Mark directed the product launch commercial for the Leica Camera TL2, and continues to meld both commercial and fine art aesthetic. Mark continues to give master classes worldwide including “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, “Leica M Panel” with Ralph Gibson and Leica Camera at multiple locations worldwide.
Phil Penman comes from a tranquil corner of Dorset, England. He received his formal training in photography from the prestigious Berkshire College of Art and Design, and currently works as a freelance street photographer in New York. Phil’s versatility spans from shooting celebrities – such as Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez and Christopher Reeves – to covering the biggest entertainment and news stories – his work on the September 11th terrorist attacks is recognized worldwide. Penman has spent the last 15 years cycling around in New York and documenting its broad spectrum of daily life, with an unerring instinct for capturing the timeless and the compelling in seemingly ordinary scenes. His work has been exhibited at the Leica Gallery in NY and featured in Leica Fotografie International (LFI). Phil travels across the world on assignments for a diverse range of publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, and Daily Mirror in the UK, and USA Today and New York Post in America.
Dimitri Mellos was born in Athens, Greece and has lived in New York City since 2005. His work has been exhibited in Athens, London, Berlin, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Canberra, and elsewhere, and resides in private and public collections. John Szarkowski said of Garry Winogrand that “his ambition was not to make good pictures, but through photography to know life.” This statement perfectly epitomizes Dimitri’s photographic aspirations and approach. His involvement with both photography and psychology is founded on a deep-seated curiosity and empathy, and an insatiable interest in people and what makes them tick. He aspires to make photos that are not just formally interesting, but also emotionally nuanced and intellectually stimulating; photos that ask rather than answer questions, and that invite the viewer to develop a keener appreciation of the humble fabric of everyday life. Among other distinctions, Dimitri was recently chosen as a Juror’s Pick for the 2016 Magnum Photography Awards, and a Finalist for the 2016 LensCulture Street Photography Awards. In addition, he has won first place at the PX3 Awards, the International Photography Awards, and the WPGA Pollux Awards. He has also been a Finalist for the Fotovisura Grant, the Magnum Expression Award, and the Renaissance Photography Prize.
Joana Toro is a self-taught photojournalist and documentary photographer based in New York City and Colombia. She has worked as a staff photographer for major publications in Colombia and has been pursuing her career as a visual artist in the United States since 2011. She explores the issues of immigration, gender, culture, and identity. Her aim is to highlight underrepresented voices in order to generate a discussion amongst the public. She sees having access to other people’s lives as a gift and an opportunity to use the camera as an instrument of social change. Her work has been exhibited in photo festivals around the world: GuatePhoto Festival (Guatemala), Just Another Festival (India), Photoville (NY), Transizioni (Italy) and Pingyao China, amongst others. Joana’s projects have been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, PhotoWorld Magazine China, and other global publications. Joana has held scholarships to the “Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography Project 2017” by Ed Kashi and James Estrin, “Mary Clerk Scholarship to the 68th Annual Missouri Photo Workshop 2016,” and was a finalist for the “Julia Margaret Cameron Awards” and the “En Foco Fellowship Awards #18 2015.”
Greg Brophy was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and has called New York City home for the last 20 years. He received his BFA from Syracuse University and is well versed in a wide spectrum of printing techniques, in addition to photography. Greg is most known for documenting New York’s disappearing neighborhoods and the void that is left there. He works with varied formats, from digital to medium and large format film and often uses alternative printing methods to connect the finished piece with the subject matter. Greg originally went to school for painting where he studied composition in depth, and now works to achieve a strong balance in images that tend to be chaotic in nature. He strives to not merely represent his subject through photography but to also have the presentation and style match the subjects in the way they are presented in the printed image. His approach is that of a painter using raw materials to represent his work and to pay homage to the strength of the hard working people that allow him to represent them through his photographs. Greg was a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2015 and has been published in multiple places, including Behold, Fraction Magazine, Lenscratch and The Edge of Humanity.
NYC Street is curated by two eminent photo editors
Alice Gabriner is the former International Photo Editor at TIME magazine, a position she also held previously from 2003-2009. Prior to rejoining TIME, Gabriner was a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine, and before that, she was the Deputy Director of Photography in the Obama White House. During her ten-year tenure at TIME from 1999-2009, she led the photo department during the 2008- 2009 election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. She oversaw the magazine’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War, and she worked with TIME‘s notable team of photographers during the Presidential election in 2000. Over a 20-year career at newsweeklies, she has covered both national and international news. The photographers she has worked with have been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the ICP Infinity Award, and multiple ASME, World Press Photo and POYi awards. Gabriner has curated photography exhibits around the world and has been a member of numerous photo juries and portfolio reviews.
James Wellford (Jamie) is a photo editor, curator, producer and educator from Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Jamie is a Senior Editor for Global Culture at National Geographic magazine. Jamie was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek magazine for 12 years and has served as the Jury Member for the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, Aperture Paris Photo Book Award, Magnum Emergency Fund and Visa Pour L’image amongst many others. His collaborations with photographers over the years has received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, American Photo, Visa Pour L’image, Cortona On The Move, and NPPA amongst others. Jamie has been a Faculty Member at the International Center of Photography, New York, and a Contributing Editor to Smithsonian Journeys, CNN, and Foreign Policy. Jamie is a Knight-Wallace Fellow from the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. from Brown University.
EXPLORE LOCULARS THROUGH THE LENS OF A LEICA
During this gallery event, you will have the opportunity to register to one (or all) of the “NYC Street” experiences by Loculars for a unique chance to explore the city through the eyes of the exhibiting photographers. Participants will be able to loan a Leica camera and/or lens for up to a week long if shooting an experience with Mark de Paola, Phil Penman, Dimitri Mellos, or Donna Ferrato. Leica will have cameras and lenses available for demo during this gallery event.