Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: New YorkPhotographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao
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With painstaking care and the use of multiple exposures, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao crafts each of his images with technological precision. Shooting primarily with a large-format film camera, then scanning and digitally editing the negatives, Liao creates enormous, detail-driven panoramas of the social and urban landscape of New York. This oversized monograph includes photographs taken over the last ten years. From rehabilitated Coney Island to the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, from the demise of Shea Stadium in Queens to the newly built One World Trade Center, Liao has created a lasting document of a significant period of transformation in New York’s skyline and social fabric. His unique perspective on New York is both personal and hyperreal, managing to capture both the lasting charm of the city’s well-known landmarks as well as the moment when New York entered the twenty-first century.
Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (born in Taiwan, 1977) first received recognition with his series Habitat 7, which was featured in the September 11, 2005, issue of the New York Times Magazine as the winner of Capture the Times photography contest. His work has been exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of the City of New York; Queens Museum of Art; and Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Sean Corcoran (essay) is curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, and is currently planning an exhibition of Liao’s work for October 2014.
Justin Davidson (essay) is the architecture and classical music critic of New York magazine and the recipient of a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in criticism for work published in Newsday, where he formerly held a staff position.