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Barbara Mensch’s photographs of New York are like images from another era, rediscovered documents from the time of Stieglitz and Strand. *1

New York City On Foot is a work in progress. It began in 1993 when Mensch went out in a Nor’easter to photograph the famous FlatIron Building. Since then, she has methodically traversed her native New York, often uncovering subtle, unnoticed and romantic portraits of the great metropolis. Her striking images bring to mind classic, timeless American photography. *2

Ms. Mensch is a masterful contemporary photographer of the urban landscape. As a New Yorker she has identified the “zeitgeist” of change in the city with a sharp and totally unique eye. *3

Like Walker Evans before her, Mensch has been Intrigued by the crucial use of words as a way of unraveling clues to our past culture. In The Party Never Stops, Harlem (2003) we view a group of children playfully running under a boarded up theatre whose marquee letters are randomly missing. The irony in this juxtaposition is evident, but the letters on top “Bunny” also recall its past function as a vaudeville theatre.

As we move deeper into the 21st century, New York City On Foot when completed will serve as a marker in time, a seminal contribution to our shared collective history of this new century. A book, exhibition and film are planned for 2016.

*1 Jean Dykstra, Photograph Magazine 2012, *2 Kathy Ryan , New York times Magazine photo editor, * 3 Phillip Lopate, author.

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The Party Never Stops 2003

Barbara Mensch’s photographs of New York are like images from another era, rediscovered documents from the time of Stieglitz and Strand. *1

New York City On Foot is a work in progress. It began in 1993 when Mensch went out in a Nor’easter to photograph the famous FlatIron Building. Since then, she has methodically traversed her native New York, often uncovering subtle, unnoticed and romantic portraits of the great metropolis. Her striking images bring to mind classic, timeless American photography. *2

Ms. Mensch is a masterful contemporary photographer of the urban landscape. As a New Yorker she has identified the “zeitgeist” of change in the city with a sharp and totally unique eye. *3

Like Walker Evans before her, Mensch has been Intrigued by the crucial use of words as a way of unraveling clues to our past culture. In The Party Never Stops, Harlem (2003) we view a group of children playfully running under a boarded up theatre whose marquee letters are randomly missing. The irony in this juxtaposition is evident, but the letters on top “Bunny” also recall its past function as a vaudeville theatre.

As we move deeper into the 21st century, New York City On Foot when completed will serve as a marker in time, a seminal contribution to our shared collective history of this new century. A book, exhibition and film are planned for 2016.

*1 Jean Dykstra, Photograph Magazine 2012, *2 Kathy Ryan , New York times Magazine photo editor, * 3 Phillip Lopate, author.

Brooklyn Subway Stop 2009

Slave For Sale - Brooklyn 2011

Empire State Winter 22nd Street 2005

Parachute Jump Coney Island 1997

Nathans Famous Coney Island 2000

Coney Island Bather 1996

The Thunderbolt Coney Island 2000

Colgate Clock circa 2007

Clock on Duane Street circa 2002

Joe's Candy Kids circa 2005

Shoe Dumpster Lower East Side circa 1980

Hester Street 2001

Brooklyn Navy Yard 2006

59 St Bridge circa 2001

Klebber's Murder 1999

Flatiron #1 1993

Pupa and Zehlem 2010

Midtown Kool 2000

White Castle 2005

House on 3rd Street 2010

Girl in Meat Market 2008

Carvel Ziggarat 2011

Water Tanks Soho circa 1992

Wall of Heroes - The Yankees 2003

Harlem Housing Projects circa 2002

Hassidic Man in Wiliamsburg 1998

Old Sign - Israel Orphan Asylum 2005

The Retarders 2006

Chop Shop #1 2012

Chop Shop #2, 2012

Frozen East River circa 1981

Queensboro Silvercup 2006

Industrial City, July 2009