Photo exhibit gives N.Y. subway-goers cool views

Posted on December 12, 2013

MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design - Navid Baraty
MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design - Navid Baraty
Seven large-scale photographs showing thrilling and unique views looking down at brightly colored Manhattan intersections are now on display in New York's Bowling Green subway station.

The exhibit is the latest installation of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design’s large-scale photography exhibitions, which are posted four times a year within New York’s public transportation system.  

Photos by Navid Baraty- MTAPhotos
Photos by Navid Baraty- MTAPhotos
Photographer Navid Baraty, whose work has appeared in National Geographic and other publications, was fascinated with the views seen while photographing from midtown skyscrapers and later photographed the Thanksgiving Day Parade from a similar angle in the sky. In his exploration of city views from high up, Baraty had his camera strapped to his wrist, as he leaned out windows and on ledges, gaining a view that that gives a new perspective on our role as city dwellers, navigating traffic and getting around the city.
“Everyone walks around Manhattan looking up at the giant skyscrapers, but very few get the chance to look down from so many different vantage points,” he said.
The photographs are angled downward while viewers at the station are looking straight ahead, providing a disorienting shift and furthering the impact of these stunning images. The light shifts in the images from daytime to nighttime and street markings and patterns are replaced with glowing illumination.
“The Lightbox Program lets us showcase a variety of photographers and a wide range of work; Navid Baraty’s work has an excitement and adventurous spirit that lets our riders feel as if they are scaling the rooftops as they traverse the city, underground,” said Lester Burg, sr. manager for MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design.

The exhibit will remain on view through 2014.

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