From the Lens of Linda Pollak

Since I managed to miss local architect Linda Pollak‘s exhibit at the Western Union Building this summer, I asked if I could run some of her photographs — they are so amazing. Evocative, colorful, local, uniquely urban — they do it all.

Her ongoing project is titled the “Atlas of Invisible Spaces,” and the images focus on the ground, capturing fragments of streets and sidewalks and depicting what she calls “city nature, the interplay of physical, social and ecological elements that shape the color, mood, and intimate experience of places.”

From her artist’s statement: “New Yorkers tend to look up, not down, and when they do look down, it’s to step over cracks and bumps, and all variety of detritus. But through Pollak’s lens, the urban ground is rich with uncanny compositions in which light and water connect building and ground, revealing the passage of time and evidence of persistent nature.”

Linda is trained as an architect and landscape designer, and has lived and worked in Tribeca since 2001 as a principal of Marpillero Pollak Architects on Duane. Her award-winning architectural work includes the Elmhurst Community Library, the Staten Island Children’s Museum Lightweight Structures and Queens Plaza bicycle and pedestrian improvements. She has won grants and fellowships from the Design Trust for Public Space, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, among others, and is co-author the book “Inside Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape.”

I hope she makes a book of these. I can’t get enough of them.



  1. Very, very nice!! Great eye and unique topics.

  2. Beautiful, exquisite. Definitely deserves a book. Congratulations Linda!