Untitled from the series 'Cars'
Date Made/Found: 1974-1976
, American, born 1949
Material and Medium: ektacolour print
Dimensions: Mount: 404 x 507mm
Image size: 233 x 345mm
Sight size: 224 x 336mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.4314.11
Langdon Clay (b. 1949) is an American photographer who spent the mid-1970s photographing parked cars as he wandered the streets of New York City and nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, at night. The images make an eerie juxtaposition of the evidence of human presence with the lack of actual people, as well as shiny, modern cars in a stark, urban environment.
Of the series, Clay said: “I experienced a conversion of sorts in making a switch from the ‘decisive moment’ of black and white to the marvel of colour, a world I was waking up to every day...At the time it seemed like an obvious and natural transition. What was less obvious was how to reflect my world of New York City in colour … I discovered that night was its own colour and I fell for it.”Display Location: