New York

Ken Heyman

Carter Burden Gallery

Ken Heyman uses a plastic “point and shoot” camera; he holds it below waist-level and shoots pictures without looking through the viewfinder, capturing uncommon vistas of city life. His black-and-white photographs employ a gritty style that is appropriate to defining the anxious urban edge that permeates these scenes. Even his color photographs employ an overall sense of shadowplay that augments their melancholic subtext. Heyman’s work comes across as simultaneously casual and intense, as inventive without looking preconceived.

“Hipshot” is a panoramic display of slice-of-life episodes that seems rather unassuming at first, but is loaded with contextual implications. Many of the photos from the black-and-white series titled “New York City,” 1984–85, depict public gatherings—festive, informal groups of people bonded together by a variety of circumstances. Heyman’s is a purposely unglamorous

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