Ruven Afanador, Steven Meisel and Ken Schles: Three Must See NYC Photography Exhibits
This winter season, there are three spectacular photography exhibits currently on 57th Street in New York City. Angel Gitano: The Men of Flamenco, is Ruven Afanador's fourth exhibit with Throckmorton Fine Art, where he chronicles the passion, fire and grit of male Flamenco culture in Andalusia, the southern region in Spain. The flamboyant subjects willingly strut for the lens in peacock fashion and exude a thrilling sensuality. Over at Phillips, is the incredibly rich in narrative and visually-stimulating show Steven Meisel: Role Play. This selling exhibition is on a world tour having previously stopped in Paris and London and is now on view in New York through March 3rd. The exhibit is a comprehensive study of Meisel's body of work, the fashion photographer extraordinaire who delights the eye with his mesmerizing and compelling images. Lastly at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, photographer Ken Schles reminisces about a tougher, seedier New York City, in his latest series Invisible City/Night Walk, 1983-1989. Schles' effectively documents the crime-ridden, treacherous streets of downtown New York, particularly the Lower East Side in the 1980s. Through Schles' lens we are transported to a dark, gloomy, and seductive underworld of junkies and hustlers - a noiresque version of New York - inciting visual passages from the classic film 'The Naked City'. In a sense this show serves as a love letter to an era now eradicated by gentrification and massive corporatization of this city.