ROBERT FRANK'S LONDON

This Robert Frank photograph is one of my favorites.  It was taken in London in the early 1950’s, and captures a a well-dressed man walking briskly passed a laborer as he struggles to lift a heavy sack over his shoulders.  The moment is fleeting, but I think also profound in its social commentary.  It defines each man in contrast to the other - affluent versus poor, professional versus laborer, leather gloves versus workman’s gloves, pressed-pants versus torn pants.

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By all appearances, the businessman has achieved a level of material success that has alluded the laborer.  He wears an elegant long coat and a top hat.  He holds an umbrella by his side, though it is not raining.  He seems to gaze away from the laborer, as though he is unaware, or wants to be unaware, of the polarized social dynamic that the photographer plainly recognizes.

What I like so much about this photograph, though, is its depth.  Initially, the viewer observes the stark contrasts between both men.  About all they seem to have in common is their physical proximity.

But ultimately there is an undercurrent of similarity that links the two men together.  Each is a worker, in some sense.  Each has a designated role to perform in society, a skill-set of some value to offer.  Their particular experiences may be different, but ultimately, they are each indebted to their own needs, and therefore to the job that enables them to meet those needs.  They are free men, but neither can escape the necessity of a paycheck.  And so they toil in the street, or in the office, in torn pants, or in a suit.  Their particular tasks are different, but their reason for doing them is the same.

At one level, this photograph serves as a social critique of 1950‘s London.  But it also challenges the viewer to reach further and to recognize that despite their differences, neither man is immune to the imperatives of the human condition.

 

IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Two of my photographs will be exhibited at the annual IMAGES Photography Competition and Exhibition in Guilford, Connecticut.  The competition is run by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.  The exhibition will be on display throughout the month of February.  You can find out more information at http://www.shorelinearts.org/images.cfm

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THE NEW YORK TIMES' CITY ROOM BLOG

The New York Times published one of my photographs this week. I took the picture in Central Park at 1 a.m, just as a snowstorm had begun to blanket the City, offering a rare opportunity to capture the Park void of people, and with the snow untouched.  The image, which appears below, was published the next day in the City Room blog: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/central-park-wednesday-1-a-m/

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THE CITY ON A RAINY NIGHT

I like New York most when it rains. Maybe it is because, as a photographer, the rain adds a dynamic element to my imagery.  I like how lights reflect off the pavement, how water droplets clutch to windows high above the avenues, how umbrellas dodge quietly through the night, making the anonymous passerby even more so.

But mostly, I enjoy the rain because it evokes a sense of shared experience in a city where little else is shared.  The rain we cannot escape.  We are all forced to cope.  We become vulnerable, slightly more vulnerable, than when it is just the city itself we must confront.  It is this shared experience, minimal as it may be, that brings each of our distinct lives somewhat closer together, if only for a night.

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DENNIS CORDELL: BODHGAYA AND TASHI LHUNPO

This week, I became a collector of photography after I came across the work of Dennis Cordell on Flickr. Dennis posted a portrait of a Tibetan Monk which he made in Bodhgaya, India.  I studied Dennis's work and was struck by the many extraordinary portraits he has made of Tibetan refugees. His photographs capture the radiance, kindness and candor of his subjects, who he says are often flattered to be photographed.  And his technique, he explained, is quite simple.  He shoots with a Hasselblad camera and pushes Tri-X film, then scans the negatives and prints digitally.

You may not have heard of Dennis Cordell just yet, but that is only because he has not shown his work very much.  I hope he does, because his images are a beautiful blend of history, documentation, and fine-art.

Please view the work of Dennis Cordell on Flickr.

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GETTY IMAGES

Getty Images has recently included several of my photographs in its online stock photography collection.  Getty is one of the world's largest distributors of still imagery, providing content to advertisers, newspapers, publishers, film and television producers, blogs and other media outlets.  Please visit the link to my images on Getty at Getty Images - Adam Garelick

The images on Getty can still be purchased directly from me as original signed prints.  If you are interested, please contact me directly.

WELCOME TO ADAM GARELICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Welcome to Adam Garelick Photography.  I am a photographer living and working in New York City.  I first picked up a camera as a high school student in Connecticut, when I took an introductory course on darkroom technique and camera operation.  I quickly became fascinated by the medium, and at the time I was fortunate to live in a state with tremendous geographic diversity.  Within just a few minutes drive from my home were urban centers, aging industrial towns, farms, rivers and open fields.  Today, I trace my varied photographic interests to the diverse subjects I encountered while growing up in Connecticut.  I return there to photograph whenever possible.

I devote most of my time to producing my own work.  But I am also interested to study the work of other photographers, and to understand what they are trying to communicate through their imagery.  To that end, I intend to share on these pages some of the incredible photography that I have encountered, and which has inspired me as an artist.

Ultimately, my reason for beginning this blog is simple.  I believe that photographs have the potential to expand our understanding of the world, however incrementally, much like any other moment or experience we might have.   That is the challenge that continually motivates me as a photographer -- to document what is meaningful to me, and then, through these pages, to share them with you, in the hopes that perhaps they will hold some small value for you, as well.