With photographs shot between 2005 and 2008, Benjamin Niemczyk's "New York City" brings to light a captivating side of the center of the world, filtered through his unique and sometimes quirky lens. Specializing in miniature imaging, alongside a healthy dose of traditional portraiture, the artist has captured both the seen and unseen, revealing details of the city that are easily passed during the frenzy of urban life. Many of these photographs were shot in well-known and in some cases, famous places and yet there is not a hint of the surroundings, paying homage to the great depth and variety that is Gotham. Masked by hurried and furious activity, the fragility of this grande ville is most evident in the painstaking execution of rust dripping, leaves gathering, dust blowing, light bouncing and most important, art surging. Indeed, one need not look too far to find perfect, personal portraits.
The only photographs in this livre that were posed, pre-determined, occur at the very end, on the final two pages and sparse throughout. These portraits were constructed in traditional fashion with the gracious consent of the lovely subjects.
Every other shot was created spontaneously with no physical intervention.
At work both in front of and behind the camera, Benjamin Niemczyk is an artist of uncommon range. He gave his debut as conductor of the Civic Orchestra of the Chicago Symphony in a staged performance of Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals in 2000. He gave his Town Hall conducting debut in 2004, his European debut in the south of France in 2004 and continues to participate in concert performances at such venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall as well as on national television and in feature films. Also, he is an accomplished photographer and graphic designer, having created advertising materials for companies including Hal Leonard, G. Schirmer and Lyric Opera of Chicago and numerous small arts organizations. His design business, BDN Design, specializes in advertising materials and art photography. He holds degrees in composition from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and the DePaul University School of Music. He resides in Brooklyn, NYC.
Mycro New York Published December 12, 2009