Large-scale Photographs Catch People Exposing Themselves

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Borders, 461 Park Avenue @ 57th Street, NYC, presents an exhibition of large-scale photographic images of people behaving in "unstaged" situations. The exhibit continues through August 10, 2004. A reception for the artist is Friday, June 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Large-scale Photographs Catch People Exposing Themselves

Exhibition: Stephen R. Spiller, Artist

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Exhibition Dates: June 10 – August 10, 2004

Reception: Friday, June 25, 2004. 6:00 to 8:00 PM

An exhibition of Limited Edition, Iris Prints by New York City based artist Stephen R. Spiller is on display at:


461 Park Avenue @ 57th Street

New York, NY 10022

(212) 980-6785

In the second floor café. It continues until August 10th. Spiller, a recent winner in the 2004 Soho Photo National Competition, presents his newest work from his series: Common Denominator.

He explains: "Common Denominator catches us revealing ourselves in the complex world we inhabit. 'Unstaged' images exposing the truth of spontaneity, and provocative words, remind us that we are the texture of humanity and emotion is the language we speak."

Spiller has been using photography as social commentary since 1995 making images of people in public places engaging in daily life. "People expose themselves", he says, "by their behavior, what they wear or don't wear, what they carry, who they're with, by their gestures – secret ones, grandiose ones, and everything in-between. And", he continues, "because feelings are organic, they happen without conscious effort giving rise to universality or the notion of a Common Denominator among all humanity."

Spiller's finished pieces are iris inkjet prints, made from 35 mm, black and white, negative film. They range in size up to 41” x 89” (framed). Some photographs are accompanied by text, separately framed. The writing is his take on what's happening. "But really," he says, "it's just the opening gambit." The body of work is ongoing.

Borders is proud to host the exhibition as part of its ongoing efforts to support the artists of lower Manhattan. In an effort to promote the NYC arts culture, Borders has joined with to present ongoing showcases of downtown artists in its Park Avenue Café at 57th street. is a thriving 'virtual' community of lower Manhattan residents and businesses that reflects the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of downtown NYC through its online and offline events and activities.

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