Photographs of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with Café Loré as the centerpiece.  This Italian restaurant brought Milisenda back to his teenage years on the Lower East Side.  As in a dream, the people at Café Loré became the adult counterparts of his old friends growing up.

As a student of photography working with Arthur Freed, I learned about the value of photographing everyday life experiences. Forty-eight years later, this is still a cornerstone of my work.

The Café Loré images are a metaphor for my experience growing up on the Lower East Side during the 1960’s. As if in a dream, the people at Café Loré became the adult counterparts of my old friends. My photography feels as if it has come full circle.

John Milisenda, BPL ExhibitionJohn Milisenda is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree. His work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, Pratt Institute and the Bibliotheque Nationale, and he’s been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. Milisenda’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, and The Los Angeles Times. He counts the books Life A Users Manual by Georges Perec and On Photography by Susan Sontag among his inspirations.


Be sure to check out our related Exhibition Program:

John Milisenda, BPL ProgramSummer Film & Photography Series: Photography and Impressionism by John Milisenda
This presentation is about the invention of photography and the artists and inventors who were mavericks in its creation. With the invention of photography, a new bewildering view of the natural world unfolded. It changed the way we view everything. We will uncover a hidden history of photography and its often dismissed impact on art.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7 pm, in the Info Commons Lab

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