New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Reviewer #1

This is the inaugural group show for a new Brazilian-United States venture concentrating on photography from or about Brazil. Although there are some of the inevitable images of favela’s and of favela children at play in the sun, there also is a good proportion of intriguing pictures by some creative photographers that bode well for future shows here.

The standout image in this show is the large, dark photo array by Julio Bittencourt entitled "In a window of Prestes Maia 911 Building.” Here the photographer makes a grid of a large number of individually shot windows of an condemned building in Sao Paulo, and of the squatters who inhabit the rooms inside. The grid invoking the side of the large building. Bittencourt, working with the squatters, asked each to have their portrait taken at their window. The resulting set of images, beautifully processed and printed, was both a protest against the taking of the squatters homes and a documentary of the individuality of each of the residents.

Also with an architectural motif is the large abstract landscape visualized from the side of an modern building by Bruno Cals. And then on a more personal scale, is an image by Edouard Fraipont, playing with light and movement in a mysterious self-portrait.

All together an auspicious start for a new gallery during difficult times.


1500 Gallery
511 W 25th St. 6th Fl
Chelsea         Map

212 255 2010

Tuesday, March 2 to
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11 to 6