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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Photographic Alphabet: K is for Matthew Kraus

Photographic Alphabet: K is for Matthew Kraus

Canal Street and Bowery. Manhattan Bridge Entrance. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

Canal Street and Bowery. Manhattan Bridge Entrance. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

By Emily Davis

Matthew Kraus knows photography from all perspectives. A distinguished street photographer while working as the Vice President and Senior Art Director at Shahid & Company, Kraus displays intellect and a distinct perspective in the art form.

Kraus’s black and white street photography rides the fine line between ethereal and realistic. Though some artists are unable to capture the authenticity of the city they are photographing, Kraus uses sharp contrast and available light to magnify patterns that the city forms, many of which go unnoticed by the average pedestrian.

He explains, “capturing the moments that never have and never will happen again” as inspiration behind his photography. 

N Train. 8th Street to Canal Street. New York City. 2016

N Train. 8th Street to Canal Street. New York City. 2016

Ken Hing Food. Canal Street. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

Ken Hing Food. Canal Street. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

Kraus seeks the ‘decisive moment’, that moment is singularly unique in its everyday repetition and unrecognizable in its importance. This gives the viewer a serendipitous feeling when looking at his work. When will this person be walking past this store front, at this time, on this day, again? Well his documentation of this small moment extends its life far past a split second. 

You can see more of Matthew Kraus’s photographic work (including his first self-published zine, PHOTOGRAPHS, VOLUME 1) on his website, www.matthewkrausphotography.com.

Green Leaf Herbal Inc. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

Green Leaf Herbal Inc. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

Turnstiles. Canal Street Station. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

Turnstiles. Canal Street Station. Chinatown. New York City. 2016.

East Broadway. Chinatown. New York City. 2017.

East Broadway. Chinatown. New York City. 2017.

Walker Street. TriBeCa. New York City. 2017

Walker Street. TriBeCa. New York City. 2017

Exhibition Review: Amy Park at The Kopeikin Gallery

Exhibition Review: Amy Park at The Kopeikin Gallery

Exhibition Review: Picture Industry at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum

Exhibition Review: Picture Industry at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum