I wrote a short piece for Narratively in response to “Reinventing the Oldest Profession” talking about a few life lessons I have learned documenting the sex industry over the last few years. Please CLICK THROUGH to read my full essay. The photos are also mine, taken at SlutWalk NYC 2011.
Words by Noah Rosenberg. Photos by Tara Israel. Click through for article.
Opening reception Saturday October 6th from 2-4pm! My artist residency at Snug Harbor has come to an end, but you can see the work at the show that will be up through November 11th. Working from a list of addresses provided to me by my grandparents I traced the footsteps of 4 generations of my family that lived on Staten Island until 1965. Staten Island has changed greatly since their departure (“That damn bridge ruined everything!” -says everyone). Rather than get hung up on the past I chose to shoot whatever and whomever currently occupies the spaces where my family lived, worked and lived some more. Come and see my little experiment with history.
I am back! It has been a bit since my last post because I’ve been preparing for an artist residency that I just started. I am currently shacked up (actually cottaged up) at Snug Harbor on Staten Island for two months working on a project similar to (a)Bonac. Based on a long list of addresses and memories I am tracing my family history on Staten Island, spanning from my great-great grandparents to the early 1960s when my father’s family moved off the Island. My knowledge of SI is based not in reality but what I call “family facts”- collective memories shared over dinners that have surely bent with time and have never been fact checked. Up until I moved here, I imagined that Staten Island was still filled with small businesses owned by Jewish immigrants and patches of farmland frozen in time around the 1930s. Obviously things have changed. For the next two months I will be creeping around the North Shore with a camera and notebook in hand, walking through the memories of my ancestors. Homes have been renovated. Businesses have been replaced. Communities have changed. My GPS has led me to everything from vacant lots to Chinese restaurants. Along the way I am photographing landscapes and knocking on doors to meet the current occupants. Stay tuned…