new-york

Andrew Savulich

Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery

Like some latter-day Weegee, Andrew Savulich takes the seemingly endless stream of weirdness of the city—horrible or mundane, gruesome or ridiculous—as the subject of his photographs: two men fighting on the street; a dental hygienist teaching a young boy how to brush his teeth; a sidewalk preacher in Times Square at night. This is the stuff of tabloid journalism, events that suggest a view of life as a mixture of the violent and the tedious, of chance and the everyday. Savulich follows the model of Weegee stylistically as well as in his choice of subjects; like an all-seeing, dispassionate eye, his camera seems to be everywhere, his flash blitzing away any lingering shadows of ambiguity or pretension, while his rude, no-nonsense framing seems to insist on the priority of narrative over formal meanings. He even gives the pictures straightforward descriptive captions, with no editorializing

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