Providence Journal Review

The Providence Project gets some press in the Thursday April 20 Providence Journal. This piece is extracted from a story on the excellent photo show at Brown.

Art Scene by Bill Van Siclen April 20, 2006 Providence Journal

“New generation: Not that long ago, Providence could reasonably claim bragging rights as the photographic capital of New England. Two of the medium's giants, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, lived in the city while teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design. They, in turn, served as a magnet for other talented photographers such as David Hanson and Henry Horenstein. Now a new generation of Providence photographers is emerging. And like Siskind and Callahan before them, they're using the city as both muse and subject. A case in point in Erik Gould, whose keen-eyed streetscapes and city scenes are currently on display at New Urban Arts. Gould, a staff photographer at the RISD Museum, obviously loves the city. Indeed, one of the pleasures of the show is trying to keep up with him as he rambles from neighborhood to neighborhood, recording everything from busy intersections to deserted construction sites. Gould is also something of an urban historian. In one of the show's most memorable pairings, a vintage photograph of Cathedral Square hangs above a contemporary shot of the same scene. The contrast between the old (busy, complex, pedestrian-friendly) and the new (dull, deserted and cut off from the life of the city) couldn't be more striking.”

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