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Big Town, Big Camera, John Chiara photographs New York for Exhibition, on The New York Times

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I wanted it to feel like a fragment of a memory,” he said. “It’s like the visual you get when you’re staring into space, trying to reconcile what you remember with what you saw. You don’t get the whole thing at once. You have moments of clarity, but it’s elusive.
— John Chiara
West 135th Street at 12th Avenue , 2016. Negative Chromogenic Photograph Unique © John Chiara, via Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

West 135th Street at 12th Avenue, 2016. Negative Chromogenic Photograph Unique © John Chiara, via Yossi Milo Gallery, New York


We can agree that New York has been photographed beyond comprehension.  The bustling city is a subject of the lens of countless photographers each with varying perspectives and unique approaches. Artist John Chiara is no exception to the pool of artists who work within the Manhattan perimeters.  But it is John's heavy lifting and elbow grease to make unique photographs the hard way that differentiates him from his contemporaries.  With two homemade cameras the size of kitchen cabinets, stocked with photosensitive paper, John worked throughout the city, veering up at the city's concrete infrastructure, turning the skies black and silhouetting the trees, fiery red and radiating with oranges, reds and greens. 

There’s no better way to fall in love with a place than to sincerely photograph it. The tone did change.

John Chiara's exhibition West Side at Tioronda will be on display at Yossi Milo Gallery until 21 May 2016.
Read the The New York Times article with an image gallery with 10 new Chiara images.



John Chiara "West Side at Tioronda" at Yossi Milo Gallery

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San Francisco-based artist John Chiara is premiering new work made in New York at Yossi Milo Gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea district.  The exhibition West Side at Tioronda is on view from 14 April through 21 May with a reception for the artist on Thursday 14 April from 6 - 8 PM.

"For the first time in his career, San Francisco-based artist John Chiara is working in New York, capturing Manhattan and the Hudson River Valley with his distinctive photographic equipment and singular developing process. In approaching two areas with undeniably rich histories as subjects of photography and painting, Chiara presents the familiar in unfamiliar ways, often boldly inverting color and abstracting the image by finding unique perspectives. Drawing inspiration from early photographers such as Edward Steichen, Chiara creates similarly evocative photographs that meditate on place and speak to the environment as it is felt, rather than seen. He extends the lineage of collective memory embedded in these locations with his own sensibility and vision."

For more information on John Chiara please visit his ARTIST PAGE.