Photowalk Series: A Kind of Eden – Photography and the Pleasures of NYC’s Parks and Gardens

A Photographing Parks Talk and PhotoWalk with James Prochnik

*Rescheduled from Sept 23rd

In this slide presentation and photowalk, James Prochnik will provide a brief history of photography in NYC’s notable parks and gardens, focusing on what attracted photographers like Alice Austen and many others to make pictures in NYC’s city’s greenspaces and environments. In addition to Austen, we’ll look at NYC Park and Garden photography by photographers such as André Kertész, Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, Gary Winogrand, and many more. After the talk, inspired and energized by what we’ve just seen, we’ll walk and explore the varied grounds of The Alice Austen House and Museum, from the gardens to the beachfront, in search of our unique personal visions of urban paradise. Along the walk, James will offer tips and strategies for making your own park or garden photography project.

Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Alice Austen House
Cost: Free to attend

About James Prochnik

James Prochnik is a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn-based photographer, community builder, and educator. His photography is made out in the world, looking for moments of everyday poetry amidst the people, landscapes, and routines of ordinary life. His NYC park project, ‘Far Apart‘ was recently featured in Lenscratch. The New York Times, Fortune, Vice Media, and USA Today have also published his photographs. James is the founder and editor of NYC Photo Community – a website and Instagram account that celebrates NYC’s photography community and supports photographers everywhere by collecting and sharing learning opportunities such as artist talks, workshops, exhibitions, and photography resources. James also teaches regular photography workshops with StrudelmediaLive, an innovator in online photography education.


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Oct 28 2023


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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