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Brian Christopher Sargent: Notes From the Underground

from the series "Notes from the Underground" 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.


Coming Soon!!!

The gallery is in flux yet again, as another show comes down and the next is preparing to go up.  Stay tuned next week to see what the next installment brings!

*Hint – the “Current Exhibition” has the press release info already posted

Ruin – Brian Vanden Brink

Eldorado, Maryland, 1996


Brian Vanden Brink

October 3 – November 19, 2011

Reception: October 12, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In this body of work, Brian Vanden Brink examines rural, industrial, post-industrial, and abandoned architecture and its relationship to the landscape. There he discovers a fascinating world of shapes, textures, spatial relationships and history:  “I love to photograph how and where we live, seeing in our architecture an expression of what we value.”

About the Artist: Brian Vanden Brink was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1951 and began his career in photography there.  He moved to Maine in 1978 where he built an award-winning career in architectural photography for the last three decades. His work has been featured widely in a variety of design and consumer publications such as Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Boston Globe Magazine, Coastal Living, Dwell, Design New England, Down East, Maine Home + Design, New England Home, New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, and View Camera Magazine.  In addition, he has published several monographs such as Ruin and his latest publication Porch. Brian currently lives in Camden with his wife Kathleen and teaches workshops at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME.


Roadside Chapel, St. James Parish, Louisiana, 1999

Ruins, Ashford Mill, California