Celebrating Sunset Park: The New Immigrant Experience by Larry Siegel
Central Library, Grand Lobby
In this exhibition, street photographer Larry Siegel features Sunset Park's inhabitants.
Featuring a unique mix of recent Asian and more established Hispanic immigrants, who are shaping their own forms of community and coexistence, these photographs have a poetic gentleness and a universal cosmopolitan appeal. I consider myself a street photographer dealing with the human condition, and my subjects range from the simplicity of ordinary life to the sublime canvases of nature and ancient monuments. My inspirations include Robert Frank, David Vestal, and Walker Evans.
Larry Siegel’s photographs have been shown in the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. His work has been acquired by New York Public Library, MoMA, Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, Galerie Fiolet in Amsterdam and private collectors alike. Spiegel spent half a decade living and working in Mexico (photographer for 1968 Olympics) and several years in Italy and Spain, and mentored generations of photographers as a teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The Midtown Y Gallery, which he opened in 1971 and directed until 1981, was a showcase for many emerging talents and for innovative thematic shows. In 2014, Siegel was honored with an exhibition at the Howard Greenberg Gallery celebrating the Image Gallery, which he directed from 1959-62, the only photography gallery at that time in NYC that was not a coffee shop.