Common Place is a visual meditation on Central Park. The project explores the results of intentions set forth by the park’s chief architect, Frederick L. Olmsted, who wanted Central Park to be a democratic space that allows all New Yorkers to escape from the distractions of urban life in Manhattan. Olmsted believed that, by recreating the peacefulness of nature, parks would soothe and restore the human spirit. Never has Olmsted’s vision been more relevant than during this global crisis, which has taken millions of lives while stay-at-home regulations swept across the globe. Whether using the expansive landscape as a place to relax, to escape or to love, this project translates these actions photographically. Common Place illustrates the importance of public parks and how during this moment, New Yorkers found what they needed within Central Park.
72pp, 203 × 254 mm, 39 colour plates
Soft printed cover
Smyth sewn with french flaps
Guest Editions, co-published by Pomegranate Press, September 2022