アウトサイダー / OUTSIDER.
GALLERY HANA SHIMOKITAZAWA
jdx is a street photographer, writer & documentary photojournalist. Much of his photography chronicles the street art, architecture & transience of New York City’s Lower East Side & the East Village. When he was invited to exhibit his photographs in a Tokyo gallery, seven months ago, he was compelled & intrigued by this idea of bringing the NYC streets to Tokyo.
“Tokyo. The neon metropolis fourteen hours in the future. A parallel world. So cool.
The exhibition was a fascination. Shimokitazawa reminded me of an East Village that no longer exists — young & affordable, favoring creators over consumers — & welcomed the exhibition with open arms & mind. The Gallery Hana, a venue situated among vintage clothing stores & indie vinyl shops, was the absolute perfect location & space to showcase the pictures.
As they entered the gallery what many visitors experienced, for the first time, was New York’s Lower East Side at street level: graffiti, architecture, street art, the collisions of old & new Manhattan, gleaming spires & derelict autos, a Lower East Side at odds with itself.
“Just like here,” they told me.
Alongside digital chromogenic prints, I included several Impossible Polaroid montages — developed on color + b&w SX-70 film — that became the most sought after pieces in the exhibition. We ultimately picked one such montage for the show’s key image: an intimidating line of taxis called ‘Death Race’. Ultimately it was the final montage, rendered from an original 35mm print shot from my roof on the morning of the September 11th attacks & titled ‘Fiery The Angels Fell’, that was the most talked-about & contemplated piece in the show. The broken apart image depicts the World Trade Center on fire, minutes before the collapse, & was in so many ways the beginning of my career as a photographer & photojournalist.
Full circle, 7000 miles from home.”