OPENING Picturing the Water: The Work of Alice Austen at the Noble Maritime Collection
Photo: E. Alice Austen, [Steam yacht in New York Harbor], n.d. Collection of Historic Richmond Town.
This Spring 2023, the Alice Austen House and the Noble Maritime
Collection present a collection of never-before-seen nautical photographs of
one of America’s earliest and most prolifc female photographers. Living and
working on Staten Island during the Gilded Age, Alice Austen (1866–1952)
was one of the frst women photographers to work outside the confines of a
studio, employing a visionary documentary style that was a head of its time.
Picturing the Water explores Austen’s deep connection to both local and
international waterways and the vessels that traverse them. The newly
printed photographs, reproduced from Austen’s glass plate and film
negatives, will be framed in John Noble’s signature handmade frames and
will reflect on parallels between the artists’ visions.
On view beginning May 18th 2023
at the Noble Maritime Collection
located in Building D at Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Open Thursday through Sunday, 12–5 PM
(718) 447-6490 | noblemaritime.org
An opening reception will be held on
Thursday, May 18th 2023 from 6–8 PM.
This exhibition was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and by a grant from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.