Updated: Jul 6, 2020
In March I was in NYC for the opening of my solo show at the Condé Nast bldg in Times Square. The New York Times wanted to document my work and my night shoots for a story and so I went on one of my adventures with Corey Kilgannon and Robert Stolarik, a Times reporter and photographer. With my friend Satchel Jones I had earlier scouted a stunning scene in Brooklyn, decrepitude overlooking the East River, with the Manhattan skyline in the background. I brought the journalists to the site, where unfortunately we had to crawl through a hole in the fence to get the right angle. I had been there long enough to do a polaroid test and to see what a great image this would be, when a police car abruptly rolls in and we are scolded, threatened with arrest, then booted out. I was miserable that I would not get the shot, but amusingly, Corey was happy and told me, the story just got much better. I was determined to get the shot, but very concerned that if I tried, and the same cops caught me, I might be going for a ride to the precinct. Almost 2 months later I’m back in the city, and with the help of photographer friend Rachel Gardam, I went back through that fence and got the image.
Alley no. 138, New York, New York (2011, Brooklyn, NY, 9pm)
Shining Strobe Lights on the City’s Dark Corners
BY COREY KILGANNON APRIL 13, 2011
The tall man squeezed his large frame and his load of photography equipment through the hole in a chain-link fence on the Brooklyn waterfront, and he began framing his next film masterpiece.
It was a scene of urban decrepitude: huge, jumbled concrete slabs sloping into the churning East River and a rusted old steel stanchion sticking out of the water. The city skyline, traced in an ethereal light, provided a backdrop.
“It really has an epic feel,” said the photographer, Xavier Nuez, 46.