New-York Historical Society Photography Contest Winners Now on Display at Times Square Visitor Center
Winning Contemporary Photos of Times Square on Display Alongside Rare 20th-Century Views from New-York Historica’s Cache Now through August 1
New York, NY, June 30, 2011 — In continuation of their longstanding public art initiatives, the New-York Historical Society and the Times Square Alliance have joined forces in a public display of the winning photographs from New-York Historical’s 2011 Times Square Photography Contest. On view through August 1, 2011 at the Times Square Visitor Center on 7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets, the display celebrates three contemporary photographers’ stunning visions of an icon in New York’s cityscape:
"Watching over Broadway," the first prize photograph submitted by Fallon Chan, shows the back of the statue of George M. Cohan that stands facing Broadway. Taken with a telephoto lens, the photograph pulls in the Broadway sign from nearly a block away, along with the crowd of pedestrians, while evoking the history of the Theater District through the figure of Cohan: the playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer once known as "the man who owned Broadway."
"These Lights Will Inspire You, " the second prize photograph by Michael Schmidt, is the quintessential signage photograph. The foreground captures the speed and excitement of the taxis in the streets, while the background of marquees for Broadway shows leaves no doubt about where the photograph was taken.
"The Recruiter," the third prize photograph by Juan Beltran, is a mysterious image evoking a moment at the long-standing Times Square Recruitment Center. The composition draws in the viewer with its interplay of direct vision, shadow and