Sunday Salons

Alice Austen was one of the earliest street photographers, capturing a record life on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the century. Get up close and personal with today's great street photographers in this new series of talks led by the museum’s curator, Paul Moakley. Each guest photographer will discuss their work and process, and hold an informal conversation about using the street as an open studio. $15/$12 museum members. Limited to 20 participants.


Upcoming talks 

November 12 | 5-7PM

Andre D. Wagner (@photodre)
Andre D. Wagner (b. 1986) is an artist and photographer born in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a 2010 graduate of Buena Vista University with a BA in Social Work, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Wagner's photography explores and chronicles the poetic and lyrical nuances of daily life; using city streets, people, public transportation, and the youth of the twenty-first century as his visual language. His work and sensibilities derive from his life experiences, firmly believing that it's the foundation to the mind's eye, the starting point of it all.

Wagner remains committed to film, developing black and white negatives and making silver gelatin prints in his darkroom. He will be showing work from his recent book Here For The Ride, [Creative Future, 2017].


December 10 | 5-7PM

Jeff Mermelstein (@jeffmermelstein)

Jeff Mermelstein was born in 1957 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers College and the International Center of Photography.

Over the years he has done assignments for publications such as LIFE, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and ad campaigns for Comms des Garsons, Topshop, and Adidas. He has photographed street life in New York City extensively and his works are held by institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House; and the New York Public Library. He has received the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the European Publishers Award for Photography.

Mermelstein is the author of many books including Side Walk (Dewi Lewis), No Title Here (powerHouse) and Twirl/Run (powerHouse). 


Previous talks

Jill Freedman

October 16, 2016 

Legendary documentary street photographer Jill Freedman and her candid photos of NYC in black and white.


Sacha Lecca

November 20, 2016

Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone, Sacha Lecca, who photographs the raw energy of NYC’s underground music scene.


Ruddy Roye

January 8, 2017

Photographer Ruddy Roye uses portraiture and social media to collaborate with and document subjects on a variety of issues dealing with race and economic disparity.


Peter van Agtmael

May 21, 2017

Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael discussed work from his latest book Buzzing at the Sill, a personal story about coming home from years of covering war in Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to understand his experiences and his country. The work is a stew of reflections on war, memory, militarism, identity, race, class, family, surrealism, and the landscape.

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