In collaboration with Slate's photo blog, Behold, we are extending the conversation with some of their featured photographers.
In 2013 Marc Yankus, after a period of focusing (or, soft focusing) on a somewhat abstract look at cityscapes, took a photograph of the Goldman Sachs building that rests along the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey. Inspired by the detail he saw in the image once he opened it up at home, Yankus began photographing buildings around New York City that jumped out at him. He then manipulated them in order to both isolate them from their surroundings and to create a sense of timelessness. Last year, Yankus showed some of the work at ClampArt in New York where he has been represented for a decade. We asked him a few questions about his career.
Do you call yourself a fine art photographer? Describe what that term means to you and why you do or don't call yourself one.
I do call myself a fine artist. I create artwork for myself and where it ends up is secondary. Where as commercial art is for and directed by someone else what I create is totally for me and thats a very freeing experience. Making art is my high!
Talk about your first break specifically regarding gallery representation but also when you started to think this would become a career for you.
When I was around 20 I created artwork for the windows for Grey Art Gallery and they introduced me to Barbara Milstein of the Brooklyn Museum who included me in an exhibition at the museum on the Brooklyn Museum in 1983.
You've worked with ClampArt for a decade now. Describe that relationship and how it has evolved.
ClampArt is the first gallery to represent me and it has been a learning curve for me to work with a gallery. It’s been a fantastic experience and our relationship has grown to be very productive for both of us.