Following the success of Allen Frame’s (DG 2021) book Fever, (color photographs of his friends in New York in 1981), Gitterman Gallery presents rarely seen, vintage black and white prints from the same period in his career in a show called Whereupon, open through November 5th, 2022.

“[Frame’s] images are not decisive moments, they are not exactly portraits, or figure studies either. They exist interstitially. A quiet intimacy and muted staging share the proscenium, as friends, acquaintances, and strangers pause and proceed through the mostly nocturnal tableaux. Allen’s photographs are unique in their elegant understatement, they observe without judgment, are melancholy but not sentimental, smolder without clamor.

He does the improbable by using the medium of the still image to sustain a non-linear narrative, a narrative not explicated but implied. He doesn’t define his relationships with his friends—his subjects—as a series of seized moments of frozen time but as a flow of shared experiences, interactions, and emotions. Through his pictures we experience the open-ended nature of each moment, all that went before and will come after, the tension of the revelation of things not yet realized.

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Gitterman Gallery
3 East 66th Street, 1B
New York, NY 10065

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm. Masks are required to visit.

Image: Cookie and John, NYC, 1981 by Allen Frame.