In June 2012 Bank Street Arts showcased the photographs of Open College of the Arts student and New York photographer Tanya Ahmed in I Call This Place Home, an exhibition of photographs of the neighbourhood in which Tanya lives with her family – East 100th Street – made famous in the book by Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson in the late 1960s.
For follow-up exhibition Shades of New York, curator and Bank Street Arts’ Photographer in Residence Andrew Conroy and John Clark, Bank Street's Creative Director, reinterpreted Tanya’s entire NYC OCA portfolio by showing work from her East 100th Street shoots on screens, projections and in the windows of the gallery, to offer an interpretation of the work which differed enormously in mood and tone from Tanya’s original selection.
By taking the same body of work, staged in two completely different ways, the exhibition deliberately set out to highlight shades of difference in the way work is interpreted – from the point of view of the originator of that work and that of a neutral outsider. In doing so, we also took up the challenge that Tanya originally set herself in her East 100th Street photos – that of highlighting her own ‘insider’ viewpoint in comparison to Davidson’s ‘outsider’ stance.
Further information on Tanya's I Call This Place Home series is at bankstreetarts.com/exhibitions/i-call-this-place-home/