Caleb Cain Marcus is a young man Alberto and I met years ago when we were living in California teaching and dancing Argentine tango. He was a fledgling tango dancer.
He and his partner Ting Chin are now accomplished dancers and teachers, and their home base is New York City, where Caleb has pursued a successful career as a photographer.
When he told me the book was a collection of photographs he took over three years of walking the streets of New York deep into the night, I was intrigued.
Over a year ago he sent me an advance copy of this fabulous book of photographs, and I have been wanting to share it with you all this time, but had to wait for it to be available.
In the words of Robert Frank, who wrote the eloquent forward, Caleb captures “the light of night”.
The photographs explore the haunting silence of being alone on the streets of New York City. They are the discovery of solitude found within the confines of urban life. The photographs reflect the beauty in open space that was once filled with chaos and at night has only darkness and silence.
The work urges us to slow down, to look, experience and breathe. Each photograph marks the passing of another night. The collection, like the sea, creates a subtle but constant resonance that deepens from the first image to the last. The images are grainy, dark and mysterious. Exposed from direct light sources they become jewels of the night.
Add this book to your art library. You can get it HERE
If you would like to see more of Caleb's work, his web site is HERE
The black-and-white photographs collected in The Silent Aftermath of Space explore the silent and haunting experience of walking alone after dark on the streets of New York City.
Caleb Cain Marcus savors the strange solitude that follows the familiar crowded confinement of the city's daylight life; amid vacated construction sites, empty pews in churches, parking lots and subway tunnels, an eerily placid beauty resounds, consuming spaces that were once filled with bustle and chaos.
As each shot marks the passing of another night, the collection accumulates a quiet, consistent resonance. Cain Marcus' work urges the viewer to look at and breathe in the mute magic of night-time New York.
I'm hoping his next book will be a collection of photographs of his other nocturnal pleasure, the tango of the night!
Caleb and Ting dancing tango
The Silent Aftermath of Space is presented in spectacular large format, allowing viewers to submerge themselves in its mood. Exposed from direct light sources, these images are grainy and enigmatic nocturnal gems.