The Dynamics of the City



An exhibition of photographs by Sy Kattelson opens tonight at Howard Greenberg Gallery, where it’s on display through February 11. Featuring work from the forties through the nineties, the show marks the breadth and depth of Kattelson’s contributions to street photography. “I try to be as unobtrusive as possible, looking for those moments when people are focused in on themselves,” Kattelson, now ninety-three, told the gallery. “And I try to find settings where this inwardness is contrasted by the dynamics of the city, by taxi cabs rushing past, by advertisements, the perspective of the street, and by the other people in the same space, everyone in their own thoughts.”


Sy Kattelson, Woman Crossing Street, c. 1954, gelatin silver print, 8 1/2″ x 13 1/8″.

Woman on Union Square, 1953, gelatin silver print, 8 3/8″ x 13 1/2″.

Bus, Line, People, 1990, chromogenic print, 12 7/8″ x 19 3/8″.

Untitled (red pants collage), 1990, collage of chromogenic prints, 8 1/2″ x 11 1/4″.

Third Ave. Bar, 1948, gelatin silver print, 12 5/8″ x 10 3/4″.

Untitled (lines), 1990, two gelatin silver prints, 12 3/8″ x 24 3/4″.

Untitled (man on bus), 1980, two chromogenic prints, 8 1/2″ x 24 7/8″.

Couple in Subway, 1953, gelatin silver print, 12 3/8″ x 10 3/8″.