2011 Photo Urbanism Fellowship: From Roof to Table

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The 2011 Photo Urbanism fellowship was supported in part by the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

In June 2011, the Design Trust for Public Space awarded the 2011 Photo Urbanism fellowship to Rob Stephenson for his project From Roof to Table: New York City's Growing Movement.

A fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, Rob's interest in the presence of wilderness in cities, and the tension between natural and built environments, is what drives much of his work. For his Photo Urbanism fellowship, he spent a year visiting over one hundred urban farms and gardens throughout the five boroughs of New York City. His resulting photographs informed and supported the Design Trust's Five Borough Farm, project and were prominently featured in the project publication and website.

In November 2012, the Design Trust published "From Roof to Table: Photographs by Rob Stephenson" as the final presentation of his project. Featuring 35 full-color photographs, along with short essays from the Design Trust and Rob, this print publication – the first book to be dedicated to a Photo Urbanism project – serves as a beautiful representation of urban agriculture in New York City and underscores the power of photography to illuminate New York City's diverse public realm.

Selection Jury Press Coverage
Larry Lederman, photographer
Gita Nandan, Five Borough Farm fellow
Annabelle Selldorf, architect and Design Trust Trustee
Varick Shute, managing editor, Urban Omnibus
Jonathan Smith, previous Photo Urbanism fellow

"Rob Stephenson Capturing New York"
March 12, 2013
Wilder Quarterly

"From Roof to Table"

January 15, 2013
Slow Food New York

"Portfolio: Five Borough Farm"
July 31, 2012
Urban Omnibus

"Rob Stephenson on Capturing the Farms of New York City"
May 10, 2012
Next City

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