Jeff Mermelstein

Jeff Mermelstein thinks of his photography as a cross between photojournalism and voyeuristic street photography. Mermelstein, who studied biology, makes photographic series that document and classify his subjects. For example, “Twirl” (2001-09) presents images of women Mermelstin encountered twirling their hair; “Run” (1995-2009) is a collection of near-portraits featuring strangers as they dash between destinations. With regards to these categorized suites of photographs, Mermelstein explains: “I generally do not have a theme when in the act of photographing. Themes emerge after the photographs begin to accumulate.” His constantly expanding list of influences includes Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Weegee and Garry Winogrand.

Below: A small selection from the series “No Title Here (1981-2001)”

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Armadillo Race, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1995

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Family at Picnic Table, Yosemite National Park, California, 1994

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Richard Simmons at Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick, New Jersey, 1993

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Woman with Chicken at ‘Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention,’ Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1996

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Woman in Bunny Suit, Long Island, New York, 1985

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Zippy the Chimp at Bar Mitzvah, Long Island New York, 1982

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Halloween Parade Viewers, New York City, 1984

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Two Policemen with Billy Clubs, New York City, 1985

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Wedding, Yosemite National Park, California, 1994

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Tanning Booth, New York Coliseum, New York City, 1985

By: Tinagent
14.10.2014