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Explore NY: Five Pointz Graffiti

By Jack Berglund

They say Golf is the best way to spoil a good walk.  In which case I contend that photography is the best way to make the most of one as you tend to look around and notice more things. Five Pointz is a self proclaimed ‘graffiti mecca’ in Queens New York on the outside of an old factory building.  If you’re in New York, its definitely worth a look in and of its self but also makes a good starting point to explore some of the other neighborhoods nearby.

5 Pointz "Institute of Higher Burnin'"

Take the 7 train to 45 Rd – Court House Sq or the E, M to 23rd St – Ely Av.  You can also take the G train if you believe it really exists (I have seen no evidence to support this, having waited on two different occasions and never had a train show up.)  5 Pointz is right by Moma’s PS1 if you want to take in some art or attend their summer parties while you’re out there.

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Photo Exhibition: Henri Cartier-Bresson

By Jack Berglund

Henri Cartier-Bresson traveled the world in the 30s,40s and 50s taking pictures of people and places. As a photojournalist, he has captured many interesting times from all over the world including the Chinese ‘Great Leap Forwards‘ and postwar boom in the US.  For me, the exhibition would be worth visiting for the historical context of the different pictures and the curiosity they ignite.

As luck would have it though, the photos are also without exception stunning, and the interest goes beyond just the locations and history.  The artist has a nack for capturing people’s expressions in context with their surroundings in a way you really have to see to understand.   Whether its the Maharajah touring in India or Charles De Gaulle parading in Paris, the main subjects are in the background or out of the frame entirely allowing the viewer to see what the events meant to the people watching.  Each image draws you in with a sense that a moment in someones life has been captured.

In short, go see this exhibition if you can.  Its currently on in New York at Moma until the end of June.

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