Paper over board
128 pages; 50 B&W photographs
10 1⁄4 x 9 1⁄4 inches
$45 US; $58.99 CAN
"Distinctively urban, the images extenuate the interplay between dark shadows, rich blacks, sharp contrasts, and artificial light that conjure up a sense of mystery and foreboding." - Art Daily
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Photographs by Ken Dreyfack
Introduction by David A. Ross
The photographs in Silent Stages set the scene for dramatic urban narratives, like theatrical stages or movie sets. At the same time, they constitute artifacts from various stages of the artist’s life, visual traces of the sedimentary layers that have quietly accumulated atop one another over time. Dreyfack sees them almost as relics from a personal archeological dig—a layered visual memoir that emerges from the artist’s dual Franco-American identity. All of the images, shot over the past five years around New York or Paris, establish visual and thematic parallels and equivalencies between the two seemingly disparate poles of the artist’s life.
Ken Dreyfack is a nationally exhibiting artist. Ken was awarded second prize for The Photo Review’s 2018 competition, juried by MOMA photography curator Sarah Meister. His work was selected for Photography Now 2018 at CPW and was awarded a silver prize at the 2019 San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition.
David A. Ross is former director of the Whitney Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is currently the Chair of the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts.