Notes from the Underground by Brooklyn-based photographer Brian Christopher Sargent details the chaotic and strangely intimate experience of New York City’s public transit day in and day out. Shot with an iPhone, Brian’s work is keenly interested in the subtleties of human interaction, often overlooked or ignored during the congestion of rush hour: lovers’ hands clasping desperately, a woman crying, a tired traveler whisked off in reverie at the end of the work day.
One morning a few years ago I saw a young woman with light brown hair step into my car. A few stops later as we made our way over the bridge I saw tears streaming down this woman’s face. While she wept in stiff jawed silence a barrel-chested black man to her right, in the most delicate and understated manner, produced a folded white handkerchief from his breast pocket and offered it to her without saying a word, somehow managing to show solidarity while maintaining a respectful distance from the emotional proximity of this total stranger’s grief. I hope these photographs share a little of that bearing – a humble acknowledgement of all that goes unspoken when we all ride together.
Born in Rochester NY, Brian Christopher Sargent earned a BFA in drawing and photography from SUNY Purchase. Upon graduating he pursued an internship at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, volunteering in the library’s rare book department. After hours Brian played drums with the staff of the Visual Studies Workshop, trading rock steady beats for access to VSW’s darkrooms. His work has appeared in numerous group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Sante Fe over the last 10 years.
This exhibition runs February 24 through April 3 at The Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions. In light of the historic winter, messy commutes and overall difficult February we are continuing to experience, we have decided to celebrate this show with an exciting Spring Closing Reception, Friday, March 27, 5-7PM.
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