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Phillip Lopate describes the shape of Manhattan Island as‘a luxury liner, permanently docked, going nowhere’. This feeling of being tethered to the land, unable to get to sea, was a feature of New York life for much of the twentieth century. New York was an island without a coast. The West Side piers that once welcomed the Lusitania spent most of the twentieth century crumbling or behind barbed wire, while the East Side’s coves and points were cut off from pedestrians by six lanes of the Robert Moses-designed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive. It wasn’t much easier to reach the shores of Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx, either: with a few exceptions, they were largely reserved for municipal or industrial use, and easiest to see from the Staten Island Ferry (en route to the borough with the most beaches). Now, slowly, the city is reclaiming its shoreline, with some spectacular results.

Hudson Everyday by Maxine Henryson

This group of photographs was a part of the AIR Gallery summer exhibition, "If These Walls..." on Governor's Island. AIR Gallery and UNY initiated a collaboration where three writers created poems based on a water-inspired work from the exhibition. Poet Katy Lederer worked from Maxine Henryson's "Hudson Everyday"--you can read her poems here



Artist's Statement

The photographs in the series Everyday were taken from the train windows during my weekly commutes from New York City to Vermont. (1997-2006)

1.
Mountain, Everyday, 1999
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

2. 
Lower Hudson River, Everyday, 2000
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

3. 
Winter, Everyday, 1999
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

4.
Castle, Everyday, 1999
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

5.
Autumn, Everyday
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

6. 
River, Everyday, 1999
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

7. 
Treetops, Everyday, 1999
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

8. 
Reflecting, Everyday, 2001
Ektacolor, print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

9.
Spring Again, Everyday, 1999
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

10.
Still Light, Everyday, 2002
Ektacolor print
20 x 24.25 inches
Edition 1 of 6

 

 


Maxine Henryson is an artist and bookmaker who creates sensual, poetic photographs of the seemingly everyday. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, she lives and works in New York. She studied sociology at Simmons College, Boston (Bachelor of Science), and the University of London (Master of Philosophy) and has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in studio arts from the University of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and are in numerous public and private international collections, including the former Celanese Photography Collection, Frankfurt; the Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg; and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida.