Andrew Savulich – The City
New York Spot News and Street Photography 1980-1995
Social and cultural transition is often hard to gauge. New York in the 1980s and the first half of the ’90s was clearly a different place than it is now: the city was more violent, the street stranger, and Times Square still wonderfully sleazy. Andrew Savulich’s subject is this perpetually changing metropolis, and his images are a unique mix of spot news and street photography, capturing crime scenes as well as everyday life. The startling immediacy of the moment prevails in his black-and-white images on which he provides handwritten captions. What at first seems like objective commentary soon reveals Savulich’s dry ironic tone, at times bordering on black humor.
Andrew Savulich was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1949 and moved to New York in 1975. Starting out as a landscape architect, a construction worker, and eventually a freelance photographer he joined the New York Daily News in 1993 where he still works. His photographs have been published in Spy, The Independent, Tempo, Photonews, Art News and Artforum, among others, and are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ICP in New York. Savulich has exhibited in museums and galleries including Fabrik Fotoforum Hamburg, Camera Work Gallery (San Francisco), and the Toronto Photographers Gallery. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Photography in 1986 and an Ernst Haas Photographer Work Grant in 1992.
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