New York, New York | Art & Photography In The Big Apple
New York City is known to be one of the most renowned and art-driven cities in the world, and therefore it is to no one’s surprise to find some of the greatest museums and art galleries in the midst of it all.
Besides the classics or well-received contemporary art, found at famous museums such as the Met, The Guggenheim, or the MoMa, there are also plenty of smaller and more unique museums and galleries; often times focusing on the abstract and odd, or simply displaying other fields of art, such as drawings, architecture, or photography.
Photography, for instance, got its start in New York City, and initially became extraordinary popular by inventing the so-called portraits, which became a big hit starting in the middle of the 19th century. The first portrait studio was opened in 1840 by photographers named Mr. Johnson and Mr. Wolcott, and people were delighted! They would flock into the studio to have their pictures taken, for a rather small fee at the time, to either have a personal keepsake or to gift it to a dear friend or family member.
When speaking of New York and photography, it’s next to impossible to not mention the Robert Mann Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery; two of the most prestigious galleries in the city. They vary greatly in content and the kind of photography displayed, but are both wonderful to the eyes and soul. Robert Mann Gallery focuses on bright colors, landscapes, and candid family shots, while the H. Greenberg Gallery combines history and the old-fashioned with modernism, including the contemporary forms of photojournalism and street art.
New York City is the best city in the world to photograph street art, which has transformed it into a real art form. Outstanding murals pop up in every neighborhood in all five boroughs, and people are spending money to go on professionally led tours to see the best of the best!
My Top 5 Favorite Photography Art Galleries In SoHo
SoHo, sometimes written Soho, is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City, which in recent history came to the public's attention for being the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries. Today, mixed in with trendy upscale boutiques and international chain store outlets you can spend endless hours shopping and browsing world class art through the galleries there. Below are a list of my personal favorite photography and art galleries in Soho.
1. LIK Fine Art Soho
Voted the Best Gallery in New York in 2015 by American Art Awards, the Peter Lik Fine Art Photography Gallery in Soho has been open the last 8 years and is still going strong.
2. National Geographic Fine Art Gallery Soho
National Geographic Fine Art has a beautiful gallery in Soho adding to their other locations in Laguna Beach, Las Vegas, La Jolla, Honolulu, Maui, Miami and San Diego.
3. Andrew Prokos Fine Art
An incredible collection of cities, landscapes and architecture photography by photographer Andrew Prokos.
One of an international group of art galleries specializing in large-scale, single-edition photos.
5. Martin Lawrence Galleries
While not a photography gallery, Martin Lawrence Galleries hosts a large collection of limited edition prints and original paintings from big name artists including Picasso & Warhol.
Aaron Reed Photography In New York?
While I have only been to New York once, I can easily see why so many love to call it home. I was amazed by the never ending skyline and felt right at home after learning how people drive a few minutes outside the car rental. While New York is not on my short list of gallery locations for my own gallery, I love the style, energy and arts that New York has to offer. To see my collection of Limited Edition photography from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, please have a look at my online galleries here.
Are You Hungry Yet?
New York is not only an important place to visit for art connoisseurs, but also a major draw for foodies and fun lovers. The charm and feel of the city is captivating, even at the most touristy of places, like Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. Food can be had at any hour of the day (or night!), and offers cuisines from all over the world. In the mood for Sri Lankan food? Staten Island might be worth a visit! Or you might want some traditional Italian food? Then head to the Bronx’s Little Italy, which is filled with authentic places for pasta and homemade pizza. Brooklyn is a haven for cheesecakes, and Queens is the quintessential go-to for Greek and German cuisine.
To make a complete list of all of New York City’s highlights would take more time that any of us have, but as long as museums, galleries, food hot spots, and even some sightseeing are part of your experience, then you will get a wonderful immersion into the life and excitement that is synonymous with New York.
Be in a New York state of mind!