Imagine trying to capture the mood, the zeitgeist, the face of the new, revitalized New York City at the turn of the millennium, brimming with confidence, self assurance, and immense satisfaction with the way things are going: with the city, with the economy—a city remade by a bullish Wall Street and the redoubtable Mayor Guiliani.
Tibor Kalman, famed designer and consulting art director for the 42nd Street Development Project, commissioned photographer Neil Selkirk with such a task. The purpose of the project was to decorate, with very large, laminated construction site fence posters, the profound structural and cultural changes taking place in Times Square. So Selkirk shot head-on, full-frame, 1000 people people of all shapes, colors, and origin as—some famous, some four-legged—passing through the Crossroads of the World, asking of each only name, hometown, and reason for being in Times Square.
The results are lively, engaging, and surprising: a millennial look at who we are and where we’re going, and how we feel about ourselves in the world’s most famous city.
Size: 7 x 9 inches
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: August 2000
Available from the gallery for $30