Jeff Mermelstein on The New Yorker's Blog

The New Yorker
Photo Booth Blog
May 26, 2011
Jeff Mermelstein: Street Couture
By Elissa Curtis

You can take Jeff Mermelstein out of the street, but you can't take the street out of Jeff Mermelstein. That's what comes to mind when looking at the photographs in Mermelstein's current exhibition, Work Oeuvre Opera, at Rick Wester Fine Art through June 25th. While the subject — Fashion Week — might seem a departure from the street photography most think of when they hear his name, it is merely an extension of the terrain in which Mermelstein espouses his witty and often wry style of photography. "I was able to create this work because I am an outsider," he told me. "These pictures are not about fashion but rather my way of seeing and responding."

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