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Daniel Efram
'Untitled' Cowboy Studies - Noir Black & White Photography

2016

$950

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"Passionate and deeply felt. It speaks in a way that for the most part folks don’t think in at this point. It takes chances and breaks laws. There is a conversation to be had. “ - Larry Fink "It's exquisite!" - Laurie Anderson “It’s great! The concept and images are very compelling, vacillating between ghostly and candid.” - Shepard Fairey DANIEL EFRAM has photographed intriguing characters all over the world including Mexico, Spain, Portugal, France, Cuba and the US, but he continues to find his greatest subjects on the streets of his hometown of New York City. “Its sidewalks are my catwalks,” he says, confirming that the cities themselves are as much a subject as the people he photographs. Street photographers like Weegee, Diane Arbus, Sylia Plachy and Garry Winogrand, are considered not just masters of the candid portrait, but as hunters and collectors of the odd, the unusual, the darkly fascinating. Efram’s work manages to move beyond the expected ‘trap and capture’ of his contemporaries, inviting his subjects to inhabit their space with an often unexpected edge. But Efram is motivated by empathy as much as energy. “Photography is about letting people emerge or evolve into places and moments they’ve earned, that they’re entitled to and that I’m lucky enough to witness and memorialize,” he surmises. Efram’s style comes from a life of serious art immersion. Born to an activist social worker mother and a professional classical violist father in Poughkeepsie NY, Efram’s images draw from his love of film noir with a concentration in verité. “The dirty, grainy look of film, use of vintage lenses... all captured imperfections make me happy,” he admits. “Contemporary photography often feels too clean and precise for me. I’m interested in the rough edges, look and texture of bygone eras... that and trying to get close enough to steal any energy I can get away with.” Over the course of a decade, with both of his parents having passed away and his 25-year Grammy winning music business career in the dumpster, he literally had nothing left to focus on except what had been his lone interest and reprieve during this intense caregiving period... photography. His first book of photographs, “Curiosities," is his attempt to locate a never-before-missing passion for life and ultimately heal. An abstract 24-hour black and white noir of characters and situations was cobbled together over the course of 4-years of immersive study, reflection and investigation was self-published in April 2019. After reaching its Kickstarter funding goal in five days, it eventually raised twice the amount necessary for publication and went on to become Leica / LFI's Book of the Month for April 2019. “Curiosities” was launched with a multimedia show, encompassing 4 projected films simultaneously shown alongside improvised experimental music and spoken-word performances at the East Village's renown Howl Arts gallery.

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