Timothy Briner's 'Gotham City': Contemporary NYC In Black And White

The fourth installment of “Gotham City,” photographer Timothy Briner’s atmospheric black and white study of New York City, exposes the isolation pervasive throughout the five boroughs of the city. From photographs of shadows falling on vacant staircases to the ghostly presence of the words “devil” and “death” carved in the sidewalk by an unknown hand, New York City through Briner’s lens is a city of empty spaces with only slight hints at the existence of the over 8 million residents. In the few images where Briner captures a person, their singular presence is fleeting, as seen in the photograph of a man quickly striding past an image of a skyline on the street.

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