New York Sleeps

A new exhibition of photographs by Christopher Thomas, which opens at the Wapping Project Bankside in London tonight, reveals that the city that supposedly never sleeps does in fact have the odd moment of repose…

Grand Central Terminal II, 2008

A new exhibition of photographs by Christopher Thomas, which opens at the Wapping Project Bankside in London tonight, reveals that the city that supposedly never sleeps does in fact have the odd moment of repose…

Thomas’s New York series was shot over several years using a custom-made large format camera, and offers up an unusual portrait of the city, a chance to view some of its most iconic buildings without the typical hustle and bustle of people flowing through them.

Radio City Music Hall, 2009

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 2009

The effect of witnessing these familiar places in such stillness is a little disquieting but mostly feels a rare treat. Somewhat remarkably, Thomas hasn’t employed any trickery to capture them empty of people – he simply got there very early in the morning.

Grand Central Terminal 1, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge II, 2001

New York Sleeps opens tonight at the Wapping Project Bankside, and will remain on view until February 26. More info is at thewappingprojectbankside.com.

 

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