Foreword by Julia Coddington
Women with the drive and determination to support and encourage other women have begun to provide platforms that recognize our talents, instill confidence, increase our visibility as artists, and give room to consider, Is there such a thing as the female gaze? Do women see the street differently? Do we make photos of different things?
Gretchen Grace offers us two very different visions of her city. Two different ways of seeing and shooting. Two different stories.
In Two Way Street, Gretchen Grace offers us two very different visions of her city. Two different ways of seeing and shooting. Two different stories. One story is familiar. It is constructed from real moments captured of people on the city’s streets. We are already familiar with nostalgic black-and-white depictions of New York. Gretchen adds her own happy, joyful, and quirky stories to this visual tradition.
The other story shared in these pages is told in color, through which Gretchen reveals abstract pieces of her city and breaks down its vastness and complexity into compelling vignettes. Where the two stories and the two sides of the street merge is in the shared vibrancy with which these images collectively convey life in this amazing city.
The early black-and-white work pays homage to the city as it emerged from an era of grime and grit that had (in our imaginations, and in movies, at least) once characterized it. It tells classic stories of life on the streets.
In her abstractions, Gretchen seeks out color, uses the light, and focuses on details that few people would see as they hurry past. But she pauses, and notices the possibilities in a given moment, and extracts a thing of beauty from the apparent simplicity of her scenes.
Read the rest of Julia Coddington's Foreword in Gretchen Grace's Two Way Street
Gretchen Grace is a photographer, an artist, and a designer. For the last 30 years she has been photographing on the street, mostly in New York City, but also on streets around the world.
Julia Coddington practices street and documentary photography. She curates Women in Street and co-founded the Unexposed Collective; both platforms promote the female voice in street photography.