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Over the door : the ornamental stonework of New York

Author: John Yang
Publisher: New York, NY : Princeton Architectural Press, ©1995.
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"From 1989 through 1993, photographer John Yang undertook an intensive photographic study of the ornamental sandstone reliefs on New York City brownstones and tenements of the late 19th century. The result is Over the Door, a meticulously prepared and exquisitely produced volume of urban portraiture - Yang's photographs capture the various moods of the many sculptured personalities that stand watch over the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yang, John.
Over the door.
New York, NY : Princeton Architectural Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)603963992
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Yang
ISBN: 1568980574 9781568980577
OCLC Number: 34221594
Description: xx, 171 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Responsibility: photographs by John Yang.
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"From 1989 through 1993, photographer John Yang undertook an intensive photographic study of the ornamental sandstone reliefs on New York City brownstones and tenements of the late 19th century. The result is Over the Door, a meticulously prepared and exquisitely produced volume of urban portraiture - Yang's photographs capture the various moods of the many sculptured personalities that stand watch over the doorways, spandrels, and arches of Manhattan. The photographs are also a study of the effects of time on these carvings, which are rapidly deteriorating from weathering as well as the happenstance of real estate development - demolition and renovation each take their toll on the carvings." "Yang's methodical study of these relief carvings - he covered every block of Manhattan, from the Lower East Side to Harlem, several times in his search for subjects - has yielded a valuable book for the sake of its subject alone; but like Atget, Walker Evans, and other great "documentary" photographers, Yang chose his specific subjects primarily for their value to him as material for his art."--Jacket.

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The photographer John Yang has made a haunting record of Manhattan's ornamental stonework, most of which hovers above thecity's streets unnoticed by passers-by and uncared for by its owners. Andrew Read more...

 
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