Babel Tales, Peter Funch
Shown for the first time in the place of its inspiration, Babel Tales Redux pays a splendid homage to New york City and its streets whose exploration the artist debuted in 2006- and which has inspired a whole generation of young photographers via viral and social media.
The result is a series of 40 panoramic tableaux-like prints.
The title, Babel Tales, is a reference to the story of the Babel Tower, and it pays homage to the writer Paul Auster and his New Yorker stories such as City of Glass and Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story.
For each of the settings the photographer has spent a dozen days on carefully chosen street corners in New York. At first glance the pictures resemble random snapshots of the often-photographed streets of New York. But on closer examination the pictures expand and blossom into colorful anecdotes about contingent details that suddenly become the glue which keeps the street scene together