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In Your Face: June 7 – July 1, 2017

In Your Face: June 7 – July 1, 2017

In Your Face #02331 Susan Bowen

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 6/7 – 7/1/2017.
Reception: Tuesday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm.

Gallery-wide show on the theme of New York City people. My show, ‘In Your Face’, are images shot with me walking nearly head-on into my subjects as they approach me. Find me in the upstairs left-hand gallery.

Also exhibiting are Norman Borden, Neil Lawner, Carol Julien, and Anthony Almeida… Come join us for this fun show.

Artist Statement: “The energy of the city, the density of crowds, is what inspires my various ‘people walking’ photographs. For this series, I am in motion as well as my subjects. I am as much as I dare walking head-on into my subjects as they approach me. I use a normal or slightly wide-angle lens, so I am only several feet away from my subjects at the “moment of impact”. For some reason I find this exhilarating, maybe because I am by nature a shy person; this is not something I would have been bold enough to do in my younger years.

It is no accident that I mostly shoot these pictures in Times Square or on Canal Street… as these are amongst the most pedestrian dense areas of the city. Crossing intersections is the most fruitful, as people are (rightfully) focusing on getting to the other side and maybe not so focused on their cell phones (or on the strange woman coming towards them). I am responding to people as moving shapes, as abstractions. I may be capturing the liveliness of humanity, but I do not want any picture to be “about the person”. I want my people to be anonymous and to represent us all. So if anyone were to stop me, I’d explain that the picture I just took of them really isn’t about them at all.”

Also posted in 2017, Solo Shows

Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Street Abstraction #04733 Susan Bowen

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 1/3 – 2/3/2018.
Reception: Tuesday, January 2, 6 – 8 pm.

I began taking pictures of the ground in the winter of 2015, when it snowed and was icy often. Meaning I was looking down a lot so as not to fall. I’ve continued this series more recently on Instagram (@susanbowenfoto); this show is of the images is what started me on this path.

Artist Statement: “‘Street Abstractions’ is a series of images of abstract shapes I find on the sidewalks and streets of New York, mostly from the neighborhood where I live. Often created by leaks from garbage bags left at the curb or dropped liquids, residue of winter street salt and the like, most people would see only ugliness… if they notice at all. I like to find beauty in such unexpected places.

The look of an abstract painting is what I’m trying to evoke. I do beef up the color and contrast and do other enhancements of the digital image, but the shapes are as I found them, framed to make an strong design. They vary as to the degree to which they have identifiable details, but it is the abstract graphic quality I’m looking for in these images.

I live in the East, and though the neighborhood is getting more gentrified (and destroyed) by the second… it is still not the cleanest of neighborhoods. I have found this to be of great benefit to me, as there is always something new to find spilled, dropped, or dragged on the sidewalks in just in the handful of blocks I typically wander.”

Also posted in 2018, Solo Shows

Street Photography: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens Greece: January 7 – 20, 2017

Street Photography Exhibition: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens Greece: January 7 – 20, 2017

I am happy to announce that I will be included in a Blank Wall Gallery exhibition of Street Photography, in Athens Greece.

People Walking #4985 will be in the exhibition and People Walking #3038 will be included in the catalog. Stop by 55 Fokionos Negri Street if you happen to be in Athens in January!







Also posted in 2017, Group Shows

LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016: Top 100 Photographers

LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016 –
Top 100 Photographers: Sept. 2016

I am pleased to announce that I have been included in LensCulture‘s list of top 100 photographers in 2016 in the topic of Street Photography.

Click on the image below (People Walking #4985) to see this image on the LensCulture site and to see the many other wonderful winners.


Also posted in 2016, Awards / Proposals, Group Shows

Attendance Master Class with Bruce Gilden: Sept. 13 – 16, 2016

Attendance Master Class with Bruce Gilden: Akademie Workshops, Leica London, Sept. 13 – 16, 2016

I had fun this month attending an Akademie workshop held at the Leica Store in Mayfair London, from Sept 13 – 16, with Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden.

It was an inspiring and entertaining few days with Bruce. Stay tuned for more of my “Walking Pictures”, this time set on Oxford Street, London. Thanks for a fun time Leica and Mr. Gilden.

Also posted in 2016, Group Shows

Call for Bushwick 2016: Candidate, Sept. 2016

Call for Bushwick 2016: Candidate, Sept. 2016

I am pleased to be featured as a candidate on the “Call for Bushwick 2016” Facebook page.

Click on the image to go to the Facebook page.

Also posted in 2016, Group Shows

Water 2016, Center for Fine Art Photography: October 7 – 29, 2016

Water 2016, Center for Fine Art Photography: October 7 – 29, 2016

Center for Fine Art Photography, 400 North College Ave., Fort Collins, CO. 10/7-10/29/16.

My piece ‘Raindrops on Car, Red‘ will be included in an exhibit curated by Richard McCabe on the theme of Water. 55 images were selected from a submission of 1,745 entrees.

Raindrops on Car, Red


From the Juror’s statement:

Life on earth is made possible because of water. The surface of the Earth is over 75% water. Human blood is over 90% water. Mankind’s complex and interconnected relationship with water makes for unlimited possibilities for photographic exploration. Water can sustain human life and it can destroy cities. Issues of water rights, droughts, hurricanes, and rising sea levels permeate the headlines.

Water 2016 features many varied and diverse approaches to the visualization of water in contemporary photography.

Water is very photogenic. It can be opaque or translucent, textured or smooth, it can be still or moving; it shimmers and reflects light. Water can be photographed from above and below its surface. Its colors and tonal range change with temperature and light.”

Also posted in 2016, Group Shows

2nd Int’l Phone-ography Competition, fotofoto Gallery: August 3 – 27, 2016

2nd International Phone-ography Competition:
Aug. 3 – 27, 2016

fotofoto Gallery, 14 West Carver Street, Huntington, NY 11743. 8/3-8/27/16. Reception: Saturday, August 6, 5 – 7 pm.

My piece ‘Crucifixion‘ will be included in an exhibit of phone images, curated by iPhone guru Karen Klinedinst.

Cruci fixion


About the Juror:

Karen Klinedinst is a landscape photographer from Baltimore. Since 2011, she’s has been using her iPhone and iPad exclusively to photograph and express the landscape. Her landscape iPhoneography has been exhibited widely, including the Center for Fine Art Photography, Soho Photo Gallery, and the Biggs Museum of American Art. She was awarded an Honorable Mention from the 2015 Mobile Photography Awards. She teaches iPhone Photography workshops at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, Adkins Arboretum and at her Baltimore studio..

Also posted in 2016, Group Shows

Point of View (Looking Narrowly): April 6 – 30, 2016

Point of View (Looking Narrowly): April 6-30, 2016

 Susan Bowen

Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 4/6 – 4/30/2016.
Reception: Tuesday, April 5, 6 – 8 pm.

Gallery-wide show on the theme of photographers’ choice of different visual points of view. Each of the solo shows in the gallery record interesting visual qualities found in the mundane, commonplace world around us, when seen from a specific, physical point of view.

Included are ‘Looking Down’, ‘Looking Up’, ‘Looking Closely’, ‘Looking Through’.. and my exhibit, ‘Looking Narrowly’ (Bay #3). Come join us for this unique show.


With photographers Wayne Parsons and Ron Meisel at the opening.

 Susan Bowen

Artist Statement: “I have done several sets of “People Walking” series with varying points of view. This group of images show very fragmented bits of people (and dogs), and the ground for the first time plays an important role. What is missing from the frame is as important, or more so, than what has been included. Bodies are moving in and out of the picture; where the people are going and why remains a mystery. But wherever they are headed, they move with purpose and at that fast pace for which New Yorkers are known.

These images foreshadow my later ground-oriented pictures (where I remove the human element entirely); I see these photos as a hybrid of the two bodies of work. The walking pictures are all about motion, the ground pictures are about moving slowly and paying attention. These “Looking Narrowly” images have a little of both, pulling the viewer in all sorts of directions.”

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Also posted in 2016, Solo Shows

Finalist for Critical Mass 2015

Finalist for Critical Mass 2015

I am happy to announce I have been selected as a finalist for Critical Mass 2015, an international competition organized by Photolucida. The 200 jurors will select the top 50 this month. Awards are a possibility, but the main benefit is exposure. Wish me luck!

Update: I wasn’t selected for the final 50, but it was an honor to have been a finalist.

Also posted in 2015, Awards / Proposals