New York City Pinhole Photographs
Rose Marasco: New York City Pinhole Photographs will be on view at Meredith Ward Fine Art from April 3 through May 3, 2014. This will be Marascoʼs first exhibition with the gallery and her first solo exhibition in New York in ten years. It will feature 29 photographs taken over the last four years, part of a larger project to document New York City with a pinhole camera. “This is a fascinating body of work,” said Meredith Ward, President of the Gallery. “Marascoʼs photographs capture the speed, growth, and transformation of the city with a slow, labor-intensive technique from an earlier era.” Whether focused on recognizable landmarks or seemingly unremarkable street scenes, Marascoʼs pinhole camera Times Square No. 1, November 2, 2009 reveals unnoticed and unseen visions of the city that appear and disappear in time and space.
Marasco works with a 4x5 pinhole camera, a device equipped with negative holders and tripod that she carries with her from site to site in a backpack. As Robert R. Riley writes in his essay for the catalogue, “Operated manually, the pinhole mechanism is an inherently physical approach to the medium of photography; exposure time is instinctual, not automated.” Marascoʼs method of capturing images results in impressionistic, subjective renderings of a landscape, which, as Riley observes, “appear to inhale the pace of accelerated time and the perpetual motion of the city streets ….” The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by independent curator Robert R. Riley.
About Rose Marasco
Marasco has had significant one-person exhibitions, most recently at: Houston Center for Photography 2010-11; Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France, 2008; and Sarah Morthland Gallery in New York in 2003. Her photographs are represented in The Fogg Museum at Harvard University; The Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College; The New York Public Library; The Portland Museum of Art, Maine; >and the Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.