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The Eyes of the City / Richard Sandler

November 2016

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© Richard Sandler

Book launch, print exhibit, & talk
Sunday Nov. 6th, 2016, 7:00 PM
Moderated by award-winning photographer Jules Allen

Please join us for Richard Sandler's book launch and print exhibit, The Eyes of the City. This project comprises decades’ worth of Sandler's best pictures, proving that his eye for street life rivals any of his generation. Copies of The Eyes of the City will be available for sale and photographer Jules Allen will moderate a talk.


From 1977 to just weeks before September 11, 2001, Richard regularly walked through the streets of Boston and New York, making incisive and humorous pictures that read the pulse of that time.


In the 1980s, the effects of crime and crack were socially devastating. Times Square, Harlem, and the East Village were seeded with hard drugs, while in Midtown Manhattan, and on Wall Street, the rich flaunted their furs in unprecedented numbers, and “greed was good.”


In the 1990s, NYC underwent drastic changes to lure in tourists and corporations. Rents rose, and neighborhoods were sanitized, clearing them of both crime and character. 


Throughout these turbulent and creative years Sandler paced the streets with his native New Yorker’s eye for compassion, irony, and unvarnished fact. The results are presented in The Eyes of the City, many for the first time in print. Overtly, they capture a complex time when beauty mixed with decay, yet below the picture surface, they hint at unrecognized ghosts in the American psyche.

RICHARD SANDLER is a street photographer and documentary filmmaker. His

photographs are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, 

the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Sandler has directed and shot eight non-fiction videos and films including, The Gods of Times Square and Brave New York. He was awarded two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships for photography, a Guggenheim fellowship for filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts grant for filmmaking.

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