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New York Sleeps

Photographer Christopher Thomas snapped recognizable views of New York City devoid of its residents. Thomas’s project is different from that of say recently mentioned Matt Logue and his photographs of an empty Los Angeles due to Thomas’ usage of a custom large-format camera and Polaroid film. As the New York Times writes the “patient, unusual technique” meant “the images were shot in the predawn hours, with few people milling about and with landmarks looking strangely unfamiliar” and “the long exposure times meant that if, say, a single person walked into the frame briefly, she or he was unlikely to show up in the final image.” The photographs are currently on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery until January 9, 2010.