Photo Urbanism 4:
Out My Window

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Out My Window
Feb. 5 - March 28, 2009
Robert Mann Gallery

Exhibit Slideshow
View a preview of the exhibit.

Selection Jury
Michael Foley, Foley Gallery
WM Hunt, Hasted Hunt Gallery
Len Jenshel, photographer
Audrey Jonckheer, Kodak
Jan Staller, photographer

Program Funders

NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Paul & Ursula Warchol
Paul Warchol Photography

Press Coverage

Metropolis magazine (PDF)
New York magazine (link to article)
The New York Times (PDF)
The New Yorker (PDF)
WNYC (link)


In July 2007, the Design Trust for Public Space awarded the fourth Photo Urbanism fellowship to Gail Albert Halaban for her project, Out My Window. Ms. Halaban proposed to "create a series of portraits in private spaces across the five boroughs that reveal the transformation of New York City's landscape. The view can serve several different functions throughout the series, signifying location, class, or the fleeting nature of time. I will specifically look at how the landscape of 2007 is vastly different than the landscape that preceded it, and how different the landscape will become."

Over the past year and a half, Ms. Albert Halaban has created a series of portraits in private homes across the five borough, focusing on the views that shape New Yorder' everyday lives. While adopting the visual language of photojournalism and its anthropological approach, Ms. Albert Halaban also finds precedence in the characters of Edward Hopper's universe, using architecture to suggest the inner psychology of her subject and the subtle interactions of urban life.

From February 5 - March 28, 2009, a selection of the photographs created for her fellowship were on view at the Robert Mann Gallery in Manhattan. Read the press release. To listen to some of the audio interviews conducted during her fellowship, visit the project's blog.

About the Photo Urbanism Program  
Photography plays an integral role in the examination, discussion, and re-imagining of New York City's public spaces. Photo Urbanism supports this role by offering photography fellowships to produce a discrete body of work that explores particular qualities of New York City's natural and built environment. The first five Photo Urbanism projects, each focusing on a different aspect of New York City's public realm, will form a catalog the city's evolving character and will be published collectively at the program's conclusion.

In 2002, the first fellowship went to Diane Cook and Len Jenshel for The Edge of New York, an exploration of the city's waterfront. The second fellowship was awarded to Jonathan Smith in 2004 for The Bridge Project. Travis Roozée received the third award for Portrait of Jamaica Bay. The fourth fellowship was awarded to Gail Albert Halaban for Vanishing Views in July 2007. Kramer O'Neill was awarded the fifth fellowship in 2009 for Same Time Every Day.

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