Arena by Jeff Mermelstein
. First edition (2019). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Signed by Jeff Mermelstein. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Arena was shot during a four year tenure that began in 2012 on the day Barclays Center in Brooklyn first opened its doors to the public. Charged with the extraordinary commission to photograph over 350 events held in Barclays’ first years. Arena marks a particularly prolific period of Jeff Mermelstein’s career.
Though known for works created against the backdrop of the streets of NYC, Mermelstein here moves inward through the lobbies, hallways, and snaking corridors that funnel spectator and staff alike toward the center’s hallowed stage.
He maneuvers through the shuffling crowds, slowing down, crouching low, casting his gaze toward the pedestrian and discarded to illuminate a new path: a vision leading away from the main attraction, back towards the uncommon-common. Mermelstein revels in the vibrant-uncanny embedded in the overlooked and mundane.
About Jeff Mermelstein
Jeff Mermelstein was born in 1957 in New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers College and the International Center of Photography. His career combines personal photographs with assignments for publications. He has photographed street life in New York City extensively as well as September 11th and its aftermath.
His works are held by institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, as well as the New York Public Library. He has received the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the European Publishers Award for Photography. Mermelstein has taught at the International Center of Photography since 1988.
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