For over three decades, Dominique Nabokov has turned her camera lens on friends and colleagues at The New York Review, producing an incisive and intimate portrait of many of its key players.
La Maison Française of New York University is pleased to present “Dominique Nabokov: The World of The New York Review of Books,” a photography exhibition, Nov. 1 to Dec. 6 (16 Washington Mews, at University Place, New York, N.Y.).
The approximately 50 black and white photographs in the exhibition capture both the spirit of the magazine and offer informal portraits of its editors, contributors, and supporters. Nabokov has subtly documented many convivial moments and the occasional intellectual jostling between the Review’s varied personalities. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of The New York Review, which famously coalesced during the New York printers’ strike of 1963.
Nabokov is a French photographer who divides her time between the United States and France. She has made her career specializing in portrait photography and photo reportage. Her “living room” books of metropolitan interiors offer vivid glimpses of their absent inhabitants. New York Living Rooms (Overlook Press, 1998) and Paris Living Rooms (Assouline, 2003) are to be followed up with a third volume shot in Berlin. Nabokov has been a frequent contributor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Condé Nast Traveler, and has also been published in The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Interview, Nest, The New York Review of Books, Die Zeit, L’Express, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde, Figaro Madame, and Libération. Nabokov has exhibited her work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Galerie Patricia Dorfmann in Paris, and the French Institute/Alliance Française, Staley-Wise Gallery, and the National Arts Club in New York.
The exhibition of her photographs, 1980 –2009, is free and open to the public at La Maison Française. It is made possible by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. An illustrated catalogue with introduction by Ian Buruma will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. It will be available online for free download; visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise for details.
La Maison Française is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, due to occasional closings, it is recommended to call ahead before visiting. Please contact Christina Lau at 212.998-8752 or email@example.com for more information.