Category Archives: Solo Shows

Street Abstractions: January 3 – February 3, 2018

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 1/3 – 2/3/2018.
Reception: FRIDAY, January 5 (Rescheduled), 6 – 8 pm.

Street Abstraction #04733 Susan Bowen

I began taking pictures of the ground in the messy winter of 2015, when we had frequent snow and ice. Because I was looking down a lot so as not to fall, I started documenting abstract shapes I would find along the way. These ‘ground pictures’ have been continued more recently on my Instagram feed (@susanbowenfoto); the upcoming January exhibit is of the images that started me on this path.

Artist Statement: “‘Street Abstractions’ is an exploration of the abstract shapes I find on the streets and sidewalks of New York City, mostly in the neighborhood where I live. Often created by leaks from garbage bags left at the curb, 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 these unexpected places.

The look of an abstract painting is what I’m trying to evoke. 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.

Though my 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, News

In Your Face: June 7 – July 1, 2017

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

In Your Face #02331 Susan Bowen

Gallery-wide show on the theme of the New York City character. My show, ‘In Your Face’, is 15 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.

It is no accident that I mostly shoot these pictures in Times Square or on Canal Street… as these are among 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.”

 Susan Bowen

Photo by Norman Borden

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Also posted in 2017, News

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

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

 Susan Bowen

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

People Walking: May 7 – 31, 2014

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 5/7-5/31/2014.
Reception: Tuesday, May 6, 6 – 8 pm.

“My work is always about motion; these images are part of an ongoing series on the topic of People Walking. Shot at various busy street corners in New York City, I like to record the swirl of activity around me. The vantage point is low; I am often sitting on the ground with a small tripod and rapidly capturing people as they walk by.”

I will be exhibiting 10 pieces from the New York Walking series. Thanks to Paul Stetzer and Norman Borden for these pictures of the reception.

Paul Stetzer

Paul Stetzer

Paul Stetzer

Paul Stetzer

Paul Stetzer
Above 5 Photos by Paul Stetzer, © 2014.

 Norman Borden

Norman Borden
Above 2 Photos by Norman Borden, © 2014.

Also posted in 2014

Streets of Cuba: October 3 – November 3, 2012

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 10/3-11/3/2012.
Reception: Tuesday, October 2, 6 – 8 pm.

I will be exhibiting 15 images from last year’s trip to Cuba.

From the artist statement: “I traveled to Cuba last fall with the group Professional Women Photographers and spent a week roaming the streets of Havana, Cienfuegos and the small town of Trinidad. You won’t find a more photogenic place than Cuba. Everywhere you look are rich textures, beautiful color and interesting faces. And yes, those cars…you can’t help but love those cars. The streets of Cuba are so distinctive and lively; it is a place like no other.”

Press Release



Also posted in 2012

Rippled Realities: October 17 – November 4, 2011

Solo Show
Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson, Valdosta, GA. 10/17-11/4/2011.
Reception: Monday, October 17, 7 – 8:30 pm.

My largest show to date. I will be exhibiting 26 framed pieces and 9 large scale works, filling a huge space.

Installation Views




Press Release




Also posted in 2011

Bulldozers & Bridges: September 4 – October 4, 2008

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 9/4-10/4/2008.
Reception: Tuesday, September 3, 6 – 8 pm.

I will be exhibiting 14 pieces from the Minnesota DOT series.

NY Beat Listing


Also posted in 2008

In the Ring: September 27 – October 27, 2007

Solo Show
Safe-T-Gallery, 111 Front St., Suite 214, Brooklyn, NY. 9/27-10/27/2007.
Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6 – 8 pm.

in the ringPhoto by Etienne Frossard

I will be in a show during the Dumbo Arts Festival, Sept. 28 – 30, 2007. Images will be of the famous Gleason’s Gym, located near the gallery. They are pictures of people sparring and working out at the gym. The images will be displayed on a 7′ diameter hanging ring and around the perimeter of the room. There will be 98 running feet of imagery in all.


Also posted in 2007

Midwest Meanderings
November 7 – December 2, 2006

Solo Show
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 11/7-12/2/2006.
Reception Tuesday, November 7, 6 – 8 pm.

I will be exhibiting 14 pieces from the Houston, Iowa, and Indiana series.

From the Press Release

Susan Bowen’s show, Midwest Meanderings, is a rural-themed exhibit of overlapping multiple exposure photographs. Bowen, who lives in Brooklyn, took these pictures primarily on back roads in Iowa and Indiana. She says, “My pictures draw the viewer into a world of unexpected and unclear juxtapositions.” The multiple exposures prove a revelation not only to the viewer but also to the photographer herself, since the overlapping imagery is created while photographing, not in the studio after the fact. The thrill of the unknown is a defining aspect of Bowen’s work. Since 2002, Bowen has had 12 solo/two-person shows and has been in 84 group exhibitions. Midwest Meanderings includes 14 works, sized 1’x3′. Website:

Also posted in 2006

Iowa Meanderings: July 1 – August 1, 2005

Solo Show
Fine Arts Gallery, Community College of Southern Nevada
3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue – J1A, North Las Vegas, NV. 7/1-8/1/2005.
Reception: July 7, 6 – 8 pm.

I will be exhibiting 9 pieces from the Iowa series.


Review in Las Vegas City Life

Also posted in 2005