Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Silent Aftermath of Space.

The Silent Aftermath of Space. Photographs by Caleb Cain Marcus. Foreword by Robert Frank. Damiani, 2010. 48 pp., 20 duotone illustrations, 16¼x13".

Photographer Caleb Cain Marcus originally trained as a poet and this language is evident in his photographic work.

'The Silent Aftermath of Space' is made up of black and white photographs exploring 'the silent and haunting experience' of walking alone on the streets of New York City at night.

The images are exposed from direct light sources, making them 'grainy and enigmatic nocturnal gems'.

In this book Caleb Cain Marcus "savors the strange solitude that follows the familiar crowded confinement of the city’s daylight life; amid vacated construction sites, empty pews in churches, parking lots, basketball courts and subway tunnels, an eerily placid beauty resounds, consuming spaces that were once filled with bustle and chaos.

As each shot marks the passing of another night, the collection accumulates a quiet, consistent resonance.

Cain Marcus’ work urges the viewer to slow down, to look at and breathe in the mute magic of night-time New York."

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