“I’ve been drawn to shore lines and urban decay and renewal sites since I arrived in NYC in 1979,” says Jose Gaytan, who will be showing some of his photography at Kaffe 1668 starting tomorrow in an exhibit titled The West Side Story (Below 14th Street), 1983–2009. “I was a runner during the 80′s and to the 90′s so I spent a lot of time jogging over the bridges and along the East River and Hudson River. I kept seeing all this great stuff as I jogged so I would began to carry a camera with me. Many of my images were taken during runs. I am attracted to shadows late afternoon sun casts on objects. Also to the graphic intensity of the objects I found on construction sites.”
Can we expect 16 more years’ worth of photography? “I will continue to document the changes as long as I can carry a camera,” he says.
Kaffe 1668 is at 275 Greenwich (bet. Warren and Murray), 212-693-3750, kaffe1668.com. The exhibit runs through February 1, and there’s an opening reception on Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.