PHOTOS: 'NYC: From Beach to Street'

Woman combing girl’s hair, Coney Island, 2013. (Photograph: Lauren Welles)

Lauren Welles is a freelance photographer who left a 16-year corporate law career to follow her passion for photography. She is attracted to ideas and stories that display our commonalities as people. She believes that, as human beings, we are much more alike than we are different. One of her greatest joys is to make candid photographs of people, in which a single frame can tell a multitude of stories.

Of two ongoing photography projects — one about NewYork City’s streetlife and the other about its Coney Island life — she writes: “As a street photographer, I travel throughout the city, shooting what catches my eye at the moment, without a larger plan in place. It’s only later on (months or years) that I may see themes in my work that could be the basis for a series. What inspired me to shoot this work ended up being the theme itself. I love this city, its endless vibrancy, and polyrhythms. Like good jazz music, or a hearty stew, it’s the perfect mixture of ‘this and that.’ Of course, it’s the people here that bring those descriptions to life. I love finding everyday scenes and framing them so that the mix of people, expressions, and rhythms creates some kind of spark, thereby conveying the élan of this city.”

Boy with hands over face, East Harlem, 2017. (Photograph: Lauren Welles)

Her photography has received several awards and has been exhibited at various venues around the world, including the Museum of the City of New York, PhotoLeiden in the Netherlands and the Print Space in London. Her work has been published in various publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and Slate, and in several books on street photography.  She recently served as a curator for the group exhibition, “Greetings from Coney Island” at the Charles P. Sifton Gallery in New York City.

Lauren Welles’s “NYC: From Beach to Street” opens Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Half King bar and restaurant in Manhattan and includes a talk moderated by Anna Van Lenten, the Half King Photography Series curator. The exhibit, the final one in the Half King Photography Series, which has lasted for eight years, will be on view through Jan. 31 

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Above the boardwalk, Coney Island, 2013. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Beach culture, Coney Island, 2015. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Girls with flags and masks, Coney Island, 2014. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Man with lollipop, C train, 2015. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Girl and dog, Central Park, 2014. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Birthday party, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2016. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Boys in Times Square, 2013. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Two boys on the beach, Coney Island, 2015. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)
Two ladies on the boardwalk, Coney Island, 2015. (Photograph by Lauren Welles)

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