|Agnes Zellin - untitled photograph from Astoria N.Y., late 1970s or early 1980s|
|Agnes Zellin - untitled photograph from Astoria N.Y.|
late 1970s or early 1980s
|Paul Tick and Agnes Zellin|
photo by Tricia Cremo
It takes energy to care, and time; Tick and Zellin gave it, and this exhibition demands it of the viewer, too. The pictures are touching, many are melancholy, some are even heartbreaking. But they are neither exploitative nor facile. Tick's approach is to get to know his subjects - every one of them a bottom-of-the-gutter Bowery drunk - then capture them in beautiful portraits, which are paired with their own matter-of-fact utterances (handwritten by the photographer). The results resonate across the decades and connect directly to our souls.
|Paul Tick - Untitled photograph 1978|
The work is presented without titles, mats or frames, cleanly printed with white borders using modern digital technology, and it looks really good on the walls. The book is equally appealing, and I understand has sold out a first run already. Both are well worth a good, long look.
|Paul Tick untitled photograph from Manhattan, 1978|