We started shooting empty lots around downtown Manhattan back in the late 90’s. After a bit of a hiatus we are back at it again, then as now on 8×10 large format sheet film.
Here are some recent ones
Recently we ventured up to 23rd Street to visit newlyweds (sortof, they got married last year) Yumi and Anthony for dinner and photos.
These images are part of a series of large format film portraits of couples.
Photos by Lisa Meloni
We recently shot artist Darinka Novitovic Chase (known by many from Cafe Florent) for the Downtown Portraits Project just outside the Danziger Gallery on Rivington Street, not far from her home and around the corner from Cafe Katja, her husband’s new restaurant on Orchard Street.
Out in the February issue! Many thanks to Sybil and David Yurman, their team, and everyone at WSJ Mag who made this happen!
We met painter and longtime East Village resident Marc Kehoe recently and shot his portrait near his home on Thompkins Square for the Downtown Portraits series
The downtown portraits are moving along well. Recently we paid a visit to artist/photographer Dietmar Busse’s studio on Lexington Avenue, had a look at his work and his new book, then climbed up to the rooftop to shoot this portrait.
If you don’t know Dietmar’s work you should:
A studio visit is a must and perhaps you can’t leave without falling in love with one or more of his pieces.
While the Single Story Project is moving along well we’ve also undertaken shooting on a project nearly a year in the planning – the Downtown Portraits
In this project we are photographing long term residents of downtown Manhattan, artists, writers, musicians, shop owners, weirdos, the “creative types” that were drawn to NY’s downtown neighborhoods and have held root here making their homes and withstanding the forces of gentrification that have been smoothing the culture these neighborhoods were traditionally known for.
Like Single Story this project is shot on black and white film in a large format view camera but for this series we are shooting 8×10. We like portraits on 8×10 film : )