Clth, 10 x 13 in. / 128 pgs / 73 bw.
Pub Date 12/18/2018
Catalog: SPRING 2017 p. 74
ISBN 9783958292727 TRADE
List Price: $45.00 CDN $62.00
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America’s Stage: Times Square
Photographs by Betsy Karel.
In America’s Stage: Times Square, street photographer Betsy Karel (born 1946) uses five New York City blocks as a metaphor for urban America today. Her premise is that many of the major trends of our society are present in Times Square: globalism, consumerism, ubiquitous sexualization, hucksterism, surveillance, narcissism. All are compressed and amplified here. In Karel’s photos fantasy parades as reality, corporate interests invade almost all public spaces, and Times Square becomes a vivid, almost hyper realistic, form of theater.
“Karel is a native New Yorker who haunted Times Square to find what most of the city’s dwellers seek to avoid: the tourists and everything that exists for them in that historic mecca. She records the intermingling of those responsible for the cacophony, those reacting and those who appear oblivious. She recognized the sadness that co-exists with outrageous exhibitionism, the excessive signs competing for attention with 24/7 congestion, workers, beggars and lovers.” —Anne Wilkes Tucker
Featured image is reproduced from 'America’s Stage: Times Square.'
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Eye of Photography
Karel brings us America’s Stage: Times Square, a new photobook from Steidl that explores the exhilarating and exhausting corner of the city that we call Times Square.
Photographer Betsy Karel takes a insightful look at this crush of humanity.
Karel’s collection of more than 70 black-and- white images document the essence of the City that Never Sleeps.
...tourists, hawkers, masquerading characters, lovers of free speech, brides and grooms are pictured in black and white streaming and weaving through the busy streets... the strangeness of human nature is concentrated and magnified through the lens of Karel’s camera.
Masked musicians, military tanks and Batman all play parts in the daily theatre captured by Betsy Karel of New York City’s famous intersection – loved by tourists, shunned by locals.
Betsy Karel Began To Photograph Times Square In 2014 And Has Over The Last Several Years Amassed A Portfolio Of Black And White Photographs Exploring The Chaotic Five Blocks That Make Up One Of The Most Interesting And Unique Parts Of The World.
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