The photograph Villa Santos-Dumont,15th arrondissement, Paris, 2013, by Gail Albert Halaban, is part of a new body of work building on her series Out My Window (2007–).
In this new set of images, Halaban shifts her focus from New York to Paris—while continuing to steady her gaze through the windows of her neighbors and others in the community. The photographs, taken between 2012 and 2013, feature cinematic atmospheres and intimate domestic stills. Through Halaban’s lens, the viewer is welcomed into the private worlds of ordinary people. The photographs explore the conventions and tensions of urban lifestyles, the blurring between reality and fantasy, feelings of isolation in the city, and the intimacies of home and daily life. In these meticulously directed, window-framed versions of reality, Halaban allows the viewer to create his or her own fictions about the characters, activities, and interiors illuminated within. This invitation to imagine renders the characters and settings both personal and mysterious. Halaban’s seductive photography appeals to the flaneur in all of us.
Villa Santos-Dumont, 15th arrondissement, Paris will be included in Halaban’s upcoming book, Paris Views, to be published by Aperture Foundation in fall 2014.
Gail Albert Halaban (born in Washington, D.C., 1970) received an MFA in photography from Yale University. She has taught at the Pasadena Art Center and International Center of Photography, and at Yale, among other notable institutions. She has been included in both group and solo exhi¬bitions internationally. Her previous book, Out My Window, was published by powerHouse Books in 2012. She is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York.