Kenneth Snelson


Kenneth Snelson's photography focuses on large black and white panoramas depicting iconic views of New York City from 1979-1980. Snelson creates startling new impressions of familiar New York landmarks by capturing in one shot far more than the human eye can absorb naturally. The flattening of a 360° view brings to light a symmetry within the streets of the city that was previously imperceptible. The fact that notoriously crowded areas, such as Times Square and the Flatiron District, are completely barren in these photographs adds to the sense of unfamiliarity that these wide-angle views evoke. To capture these stunning images, Snelson used a vintage 1917, sixteen-inch “Cirkut” camera, one of only thirty ever made.