SPRING 2020

NEW YORK FROM ABOVE

Evan Joseph and Ian Volner

Over the top of New York’s tallest skyscrapers, through the windows of a helicopter, photographer Evan Joseph captures the most privileged perspectives of the city from above. As the top architectural photographer in Manhattan, Joseph has had unparalleled access to the highest points in the city for over fifteen years. In New York from Above, he presents his favorite perspectives of New York—geometric cityscapes, explorations of glow and shadow, captured at the ideal time of day for each individual location. Curated from his catalogue of over one million images, rich with masterful detail, New York From Above delivers uniquely spectacular views of the Big Apple’s most iconic panoramas.

Six Foot Press
978-1-64442-003-4
Pub date: 02/04/2020
$49.95

224 pages
200 full-color images
Carton quantity: 10
12 x 9.5” (HxW)
Status: forthcoming

SUMMARY
Over the top of New York’s tallest skyscrapers, through the windows of a helicopter, photographer Evan Joseph captures the most privileged perspectives of the city from above. As the top architectural photographer in Manhattan, Joseph has had unparalleled access to the highest points in the city for over fifteen years. In New York from Above, he presents his favorite perspectives of New York—geometric cityscapes, explorations of glow and shadow, captured at the ideal time of day for each individual location. Curated from his catalogue of over one million images, rich with masterful detail, New York From Above delivers uniquely spectacular views of the Big Apple’s most iconic panoramas.

STATEMENT FROM EVAN JOSEPH:


I am often perched on the edge of a rooftop waiting for the “magic hour” or dangling over a skyscraper from the open door of a helicopter. The the sky over New York feels like my native habitat. Time and time again, I find myself drawn to the intoxicating palette that is New York from above, where weather and wattage mix with glass, steel, and stone in the endless visual variations that inspired this volume. Whether I’m aiming to reinterpret a well-known landmark or to shape abstractions from the grid below, I twist, turn, and climb to capture that perfect moment when light and geometry transform into color and composition.

Here in New York, we are all connoisseurs of the urban viewscape always in search of the jaw-dropping view. I am lucky to share in so many privileged perspectives few people get to see. On any given day, you can find me on a penthouse terrace overlooking Central Park, the bare metal roof of a legendary building or flying over downtown at sunrise. For these photos, the stakes are always high. After all, I may never get access to that exclusive terrace again; once I climb down from that rickety rooftop maintenance ladder, I’ll probably never go back up; and in a hundred flights, I’ll never rediscover that single perfect spot in the air over New York Harbor where the tops of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Chrysler Building align like a constellation.

Back in my earliest days as an artist, I created still life compositions to paint and draw. Now, I use the city itself to make compositions. Instead of bottles and apples, I use the iconic buildings and street grids of the most exciting city in the world. Instead of moving the subject myself, I move myself around the subject until it all clicks into place.

Photographing New York from above is the ultimate technical and logistical challenge.  In New York from Above are the images where everything came together: opportunity, experience, and inspiration. These photographs, never before published to the book trade, represent my personal artistic vision, my private reserve. This is my New York, the city I fall in love with every time I take to the skies.

Enjoy!

AUTHOR BIO
Ian Volner is the author of This Is Frank Lloyd Wright (Laurence King Publishing, 2016); Michael Graves: Design for Life (Princeton Architectural Press, 2017); Philip Johnson: A Visual Biography (Phaidon Press, 2019); and The Great Great Wall (Abrams Books, 2019). He has also contributed essays to books on landscape architect Thomas Balsley (2016), architect Annabelle Selldorf (2016), and design firm Arquitectonica (2018).

Volner is a contributing editor at Surface and Architect; and regularly writes for The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Artforum, Harper’s, New York magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker online, Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, and other publications.

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