We've been both admiring and living vicariously through Zack Dimen's photos of NYC every time we've jetted through Chelsea Market this past month. Pensive NYC landscapes, freak show performances, and beautiful women... what else could we ask for?
Our current art show in the Chelsea Market concourse, Holding Things; Going Places is a selection of photographs shot exclusively on film by Zack Dimen documenting his experiences and life in NYC. From crowded subways and late nights in Chinatown to performances in the Coney Island Freak Show, Dimen captures the beautifully contradictory nature of this inspiring, gritty city.
We asked Zack to share some thoughts about his work and life in NY.
How long have you been shooting and how did you get your start?
I have been shooting film photos for about 6 years. I got my start in photography when I was actually accidentally enrolled in a photo class. I was forced into finding my moms old camera in the garage. I never shot a photo before then.
What's your earliest photo-related memory?
My earliest photo memories are when I first started in the darkroom. In Long Beach, California.
We love that you shoot film and have your own darkroom - what is it about film that does it for you?
Shooting in film for me is just a dying art form- and I want to keep it alive. For me, my darkroom is a magic place where I can create images of my past.
We love your photos of the NYC- Can you tell us a little more about how you wound up here in NY?
I moved from Santa Barbara, California to New York because of all the opportunity that's around every corner. I first moved into my grandma's glassed-in porch on Long Island. Then very quickly moved to Chinatown.
Can you tell us a little more about the images in the show? (what are the locations, who are the people, etc...)
A lot of the people are friends of mine who work for the freak show in Coney Island . The locations of are all over the city, mostly the outcast locations of major places.
How did you meet the performers from The Coney Island Freak Show?
I met the performers through a tattoo buddy of mine. We all became friends and started hanging out everyday. Eventually we all moved in together. A few months after living together, I started to photograph their performances.
Has NYC always been a source of photo inspiration for you?
The inspiration level here is equal to none. No two days are the same. So many people, with so much potential.
If you could photograph anything/person/place- what would it be?
If I could photograph anything it would be the falconers in the desert of Dubai. The way they use their birds to hunt is just amazing.
How did you start getting into markets/ A&F?
I got my start in the market world selling my photos of the freak shows and my travels. I was doing tattoo conventions, moving from place to place. It became time to choose one spot and stick with it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I'd like to do more gallery shows and travel more.
Zack can be found selling his photography and merch every weekend at our Williamsburg, Brooklyn location of Artists & Fleas.