Peter Funch presents his acclaimed 42nd & Vanderbilt series at this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, April 30 – June 3, 2019:
May 5, 11am–5pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery
April 30 – June 3, 2019
Billboards at McGill St Church and McGill St, Toronto
42nd & Vanderbilt addresses themes of identity, time, privacy, and the modus operandi of the citizens of the modern city. The piece resonates at a moment when our daily routine is tracked to degrees we are only beginning to uncover.
Over a nine-year period, Berlin-based Danish photographer Peter Funch executed a photographic exercise in New York City at 42nd and Vanderbilt. Situated in Midtown Manhattan directly outside Grand Central Station, this intersection is an extremely active site for foot traffic. Between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30am, Funch photographed pedestrians going about their morning routines. His cast of individuals expanded and evolved over time, and through his persistent effort, a kind of typological study emerged. The resulting diptychs function as uncanny environmental portraits, where the subjects are isolated from the bustling crowd. Although each pair of images appears to have been captured only moments apart, in reality, they may have been taken weeks, months, or even years from one another.
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