a photographer and printmaker, I am interested in urban
culture. Finding the beauty in decaying architecture and
isolated street figures are favorite subjects of mine.
This interest was prompted by my graduate research on
graffiti writers in New York City and Europe as well as
my work teaching in Brooklyn and North Philadelphia. I
am particularly interested in illustrating the parallel
solitudes that occur in cities: there may be hundreds
of people on the street, but everyone is in his or her
own world, virtually ignoring his or her surroundings.
Where others see eyesores, I see texture, color, and value.
In 2002-2004, I focused on one particularly busy street
corner in Astoria, Queens, photographing people from the
steps of the elevated Broadway station. Drawing from my
photographs, I created silkscreen plates, adding color
to the images while preserving my subjects' mood and gestures.
As I move on from this body of work, I am drawn to urban
texture found in my architectural surroundings in Washington,
DC. I continue to use photography as inspiration for my
screenprints, transforming images through mediums.
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images, names, and text copyright 2005 Anna Herzlinger