Photo: Gail Albert Halaban

The fourth Photo Urbanism fellowship was awarded to Gail Albert Halaban for her project, "Out My Window," where she focused on the views that shape New Yorkers' everyday lives. 

Over the course of a year and a half, Gail created a series of portraits in private homes across the five borough, focusing on the views that shape New Yorkers' everyday lives.    

While adopting the visual language of photojournalism and its anthropological approach, Ms. Albert Halaban also finds precedence in the characters of Edward Hopper's universe, using architecture to suggest the inner psychology of her subject and the subtle interactions of urban life. 

Gail proposed to "create a series of portraits in private spaces across the five boroughs that reveal the transformation of New York City's landscape. The view can serve several different functions throughout the series, signifying location, class, or the fleeting nature of time. I will specifically look at how the landscape of 2007 is vastly different than the landscape that preceded it, and how different the landscape will become.


Out My Window
February 5, 2009 - March 28, 2009
Robert Mann Gallery     

Program Support

NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Paul Warchol Photography

The view becomes a character in the portraits, as important as the actual person.

Gail Albert Halaban, 2009