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The Green I See: Portraits In New York City Parks

The Arsenal Gallery is pleased to showcase the documentary works of Parks photographer Spencer T Tucker. Over the past two years, Mr. Tucker has recorded thousands of images while working as a staff photographer for the New York City's Parks Department. In The Green I See, Mr. Tucker has assembled 44 large-format vibrant color portraits which represent the cross-section of New Yorkers who use its green spaces.

The city's parks serve as a rich outdoor studio as Mr. Tucker's camera captures intimate portraits of a broad range of people, from children to the elderly, of all walks of life, at rest, at play or at work, embodying the energy and diversity that is New York.

Since 1934 the Parks Department has employed staff photographers to create an enduring visual record of its parks. This exhibit features the variety of contemporary park users, reaffirming the democratic ideals of America's early park visionary Frederick Law Olmsted.

Mr. Tucker holds degrees in Photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Tisch School of Art at New York University, and a BS in Anthropology from New York University. He was photo editor at Temple News in Philadelphia.

This exhibit is sponsored by GreenPoint Bank and the City of New York / Parks & Recreation.

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