The Silent Aftermath of Space.
Photographs by Caleb Cain Marcus. Foreword by Robert Frank.
Damiani, 2010. 48 pp., 20 duotone illustrations, 16¼x13".
For three years, Caleb Cain Marcus
has been photographing what
Robert Frank calls, in his haikuesque
preface to this volume,“the
light of night.”The black-and-white
photographs collected in The Silent
Aftermath of Space explore the
silent and haunting experience of
walking alone after dark on the
streets of New York City. Caleb Cain
Marcus savors the strange solitude
that follows the familiar crowded
confinement of the city’s daylight
life; amid vacated construction
sites, empty pews in churches,
parking lots, basketball courts and
subway tunnels, an eerily placid
beauty resounds, consuming
spaces that were once filled with
bustle and chaos. As each shot
marks the passing of another
night, the collection accumulates a
quiet, consistent resonance. Cain
Marcus’work urges the viewer to
slow down, to look at and breathe
in the mute magic of night-time
New York. The Silent Aftermath of
Space is presented in spectacular
large format, allowing viewers to
submerge themselves in its mood.
Exposed from direct light sources,
these images are grainy and enigmatic
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