Portfolio: Leidy Churchman

A photographic series from Leidy Churchman: an homage to Bill Cunningham

The human head. It sits way up at the top. A sphere-like shape. A roundish circle. High above this bouquet body, it is like a flower.

For this assignment, I thought I would set out into the city in the style of Bill Cunningham, our mentor from the New York Times. It’s that time of year: there are highs of 90-degrees, it’s Memorial Day weekend and anyone who isn’t travelling is outdoors. Manhattan and Brooklyn seem like an endless boardwalk of newly exposed jiggly bodies.

I first thought I would concentrate on baggage and general headwear, but the gentle occurence of ‘the hat’ took centre stage early on. I guess you could call it the non-religious cap. It’s everywhere.

And so we come to this flower, almost a body in its own right. The hat accentuates this.

The hat pops up like a bookmark. I wonder if it helps one to be read?

Maybe it’s nice that people often see the hat before the eyes – less distraction. Ahhhh, that can be helpful in such a crowded city, but making eye contact is a true thrill. Just look how beautiful these New Yorkers are!

Just watch out for the dogs! 

Leidy Churchman (b.1979) lives and works in New York, USA.  His work is currently on view in 'Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age', Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, and 'Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He has recently been featured in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern; Highline, New York; Yale Union, Portland; Museum Brandhorst, Munich; The National Gallery of Denmark; ICA, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Stroom Den Haag, The Hague; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design; and MoMA PS1, Long Island City.  

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