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Lonely New York
There was a time when finding solitude in Manhattan was a difficult thing to achieve. With more cities evolving into "9 to 5" lifestyles and gentrification killing off "OPEN ALL NIGHT" businesses, finding silence and loneliness is no longer that difficult.
Taken over two Winters on several Monday nights, I'd leave Philadelphia by train and enter New York, a city of over 8 million, to seek out that solitude. I spent many hours wandering the dark streets and alleys, eating in diners, and standing in doorways, in hopes of finding it.
Lonely New York Zine resides at MoMA in library/holding.
Tune In Philadelphia: A collection of 75 rooftop antenna images.
75 rooftop antenna images arranged into a series of three typologies, "Tune In Philadelphia" is a collection of photographs taken by Michael Penn in 2008.
Recognizing the obsoleteness of analog signal receivers, Penn became fascinated by the thought that these twisted metal sculptures will eventually serve no purpose but will remain in place, simply because of laziness.
Future generations will never experience static, interference, or "snow", for when the signal is lost in the new digital age- it just goes off. At most, a 'pixeled' glitch of residual imagery is left smeared on the screen until the signal returns.
Gone are the days of VHF, UHF, and watching reruns through what looks like a dust storm.