Photo of the Week: The High Line in Black and White

Photo by Gene Daly

Perusing the gorgeous photos that documented Pier 54 for High Line Art’s first “traditional” exhibition reminded me of how powerful, poetic, and rare black-and-white photographs are. In a world experienced in color, monochromic photographs offer an almost otherworldly perspective. Nowadays, few photographers shoot in black and white, and fewer still document the High Line in black and white. Instead most High Line visitors – present company included – fawn over the rich colors of flowers and seasonal foliage.

In this way, High Line Photographer Gene Daly sets himself apart. Gene walks the High Line almost daily, capturing subtle details in black and white, looking for texture and contrast rather than color. The result is in turns enchanting, moody, and magical.

Below are a few of my recent favorites from Gene’s all-black-and-white Flickr account. Visit his photostream to see more photos, including those from out and about in New York City.

Above: Josh Kline’s Skittles, part of High Line Art’s group exhibition Archeo.

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