Manhattan Pastoral, Color Photography 1998-2014
For our inaugural exhibition of Louis Stettner, we are presenting Manhattan Pastoral, color photography shot in New York from 1998 to 2014. Stettner only took up color photography, along with painting, in the early 1990’s. He was particularly drawn to the Cibachrome process for its rich colors. The works in the exhibition were all shot on his annual summer visits to New York City, mostly in and around Times Square. When in New York, Stettner began each day walking the streets. He called this series Manhattan Pastoral because he sought out the less gentrified parts of Times Square, west of Ninth Avenue, where he could still find regular New Yorkers against the backdrop of the city’s architecture, both vernacular and iconic, and in an ever process of change.