Kingsborough Art Museum presents Love in the Streets: Photographs by Allen Pierre
Brooklyn, NY - October 3, 2017
Haitian-born photographer Allen Pierre documents the street life of New York, the city he has called home since 2002. Through his lens he reveals the emotions of those he encounters, as well as the usually unnoticed moments of drama that occur in neighborhoods throughout the boroughs. Throughout his work once sees not only the passions of his subjects but also the love he feels for the people and places he photographs. His unique vision will be celebrated this month at the Kingsborough Art Museum, located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. Love in the Streets: Photographs by Allen Pierre opens on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and runs through November 8. An opening reception will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on October 11.
“My hope is to implore the humanity of my subjects, not their aesthetic,” says Pierre. “My themes tend to consist of laughter, sadness, couples kissing, and nuanced moments loaded with emotion—all of which are rooted in love, because without love there would be no emotion, for even pain comes from love.” Born in Port-au-Prince, Pierre has taken a number of photographs that remind him of his homeland.
Unlike many other street photographers, Pierre is not a detached, objective observer and recorder of city; instead he often interacts with the subjects, relaxing them in a manner that allows their true inner and outer beauty to reveal itself before his lens. His photographs of individuals, often photographed against an open sky, are more street portraiture than street photography.
Kingsborough Art Museum Director Brian Hack, the curator of the current exhibition, believes this elevation of the standard street photography genre separates Pierre’s work from his contemporaries. “Allen’s photographs are free of cynicism,” says Hack. “They convey the love he feels for his city. This exhibition presents the joy, dignity, strength, and love he sees every day in the faces and lives of those he meets. In viewing the exhibition, it becomes clear that he photographs our neighbors and our neighborhoods, and that the beauty he records surrounds us all, daily.”
Exhibition: October 11 through November 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 11, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Contact: Brian E. Hack, Kingsborough Art Museum, 718-368-4817