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650 Fifth Avenue Unveils “New York Through My Eyes” NYU-SCPS Student Photography Exhibit

Plaza District Trophy Tower to Display Student Photographer Artworks of Manhattan on Lobby Video Wall

NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — 650 Fifth Avenue, the 36-story, 382,500 square-foot building in the Plaza District on 52nd Street, is unveiling a special new photography exhibit taking place in the building’s lobby in conjunction with New York University (NYU). Named “New York Through My Eyes,” the exhibit will showcase unique photos of various Manhattan sites, landmarks and neighborhoods on the lobby’s new state-of-the-art digital video wall, as captured by six NYU photography students.

For the next two months, 650 Fifth Avenue will present an exhibition on the video screen, highlighting the work of six student photographers. This exclusive group of students were hand-picked by T. Lawrence Wheatman, a Professor of Photography and Artist Development at New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies. The “New York Through Our Eyes” event kicked off with a special cocktail launch party in the building’s lobby on June 19th where the group of photographers were first introduced.

“650 Fifth Avenue is always looking to find new and creative ways to give back to the community and we thought the ‘New York City Through My Eyes’ exhibit would be a unique and rewarding way to support the arts and culture of Manhattan,” said Dr. Houshang Ahmadi, president of the not-for-profit Alavi Foundation, the majority owner and managing partner of 650 Fifth Avenue Company. “Tenants and building visitors will get a glimpse at the incredible work of these photographic artists, capturing the action and emotion of the city we all call home.”

According to Professor Wheatman, “On behalf of the students, we are delighted to collaborate with 650 Fifth Avenue on this exhibit. This event not only offers an opportunity to showcase the amazing work of some very talented budding photographers in a public forum, but it’s also a chance to see distinctive images that reveal the true beauty of our little island of Manhattan, from the unusual to the intriguing to the ordinary.”

The six photographers are as follows:

Jeta Bejtullahu: Born and raised in Kosovo, Jeta documented political events as a journalist before transitioning to photography. Her career took her from Bulgaria to the UK before finally moving to NYC to pursue her passion behind the camera. Jeta’s works are inspired by people’s unique stories, which she now shares through imagery.

“I am inspired by people’s stories of change and how modernity liquefies aspects of identity that we mistake for solids. In the LIQUID FEET series I capture moments in nature where people go to relax or escape. I then add a child’s perspective in postproduction using a pair of red wonder-shoes. Our feet are the main carriers of our physical selves. Through these series I ask: Is our identity a response to the choices we all make because of the shoes we walk in? Is it solid? Is it liquid?”

Kristi Marvin: Kristi is a freelance photographer who works in finance by day. Based in New York City, she credits her art to inspiration, timing and luck. Kristi’s works have been displayed at the Soho Photo Gallery in Manhattan.

“I love New York City. However, sometimes a picture of a building or street scene can feel flat or lack feeling, so I tried to shoot in a way that captured a certain emotion when you look at the photo.”

Patricia Pollice: Patricia celebrates photography’s ability to preserve time. A photographer by hobby, she uses her camera to capture emotions and relive them later. A few years ago, her works became inspired by the shapes and activity in downtown Soho.

“Soho was a big revelation for me. Although I had already visited a few times, it was just for shopping, as all tourists do. However, I had never paid attention to the details or the place’s genuine life. In 2009, I returned to practice some new photography techniques. Suddenly, it was as if the wheels started to jump out in front of me, trying to tell me something about those people and that place. These wheels were everywhere around me and I had never even noticed them.”

Rajmohan Murali: A pathologist and cancer researcher in NYC, Raj only recently discovered his love for photography. Inspired by microscopy and the likes of Ansel Adams, Vivian Maier and Larry Burrows, his photos present unusual perspectives of ordinary objects and everyday events.

“I have fallen in love with New York since I moved here three years ago. I made these photographs to present unconventional or unusual perspectives on various aspects of this wonderful and unique city.”

Rebecca MB. Pearson: Rebecca has been taking pictures since the age of 10. While not a photographer by profession, her photos have been published by various outlets all over the world. Rebecca has also covered the semiannual Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit for the past five years.

“Whenever I begin my morning walk from the Lower East Side to my job at Washington Square Park, I cross several street corners that teem with life. I wanted to capture that life – street musicians, a person waiting for a bus, a student walking to school, a gaggle of giggly girls waiting to cross traffic, a New Yorker hailing a cab – with a Diana film camera. There is something this plastic film camera did to tell the story of New York City street corners that the most advanced digital SLR cannot quite express.”

Dayna Dotan: Dayna is a New York-based photographer who was born and raised in Israel. She draws inspiration from everything between the scenery in Tel Aviv to the streets of NYC.

“The pictures I take are an absolute reflection of who I am. Portraying my exact feelings of the moment, as well as my thoughts and beliefs in general. When I take a picture I think only on the object, of my camera, focused in the moment. When I upload a picture, I think of you. I want the onlooker to get a special feeling when he looks at a picture I shot.”

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