Peter Funch - 42nd and Vanderbilt
Between 8:30 am and 9:30 am, from 2007 to 2016, at the southern corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City. Danish photographer Peter Funch placed these rigid confines upon his nine-year photographic project, 42nd and Vanderbilt. Narrowing the infinite opportunities NYC has to offer an artist, Funch brings to the surface the minutiae contained within a fragment of our daily routine -- the short walk from Point A to Point B -- reminding us that the practice of photography in general, and street photography specifically, has only scratched the surface of possibility. Through categorical editing -- equal parts intuitive and scientific -- human patterning and mannerisms normally passed over on first read become meditations on time, mortality, public and private space, the economy, and our inner selves. Funch employs a method that novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland aptly describes in the book's afterword as "a kinder, gentler kind of surveillance." This simple and effective mechanism employed by Funch permeates the ordinary with the extraordinary.