PATRONS

Ryan Weideman and Sarah Stolfa
November 16, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Selected Works Thumbnail View
Sarah Stolfa Monica Pace, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Monica Pace, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Monica Pace, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Arpson Bravos, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Arpson Bravos, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Arpson Bravos, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Joanna O'Boyle, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Joanna O'Boyle, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Joanna O'Boyle, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Ed Taylor, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Ed Taylor, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Ed Taylor, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Sanna Pisano, 2006 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Sanna Pisano, 2006 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Sanna Pisano, 2006
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Georgia Russell, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Georgia Russell, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Georgia Russell, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Robert Fleeger, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Robert Fleeger, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Robert Fleeger, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Kataryna Choniel, 2006 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Kataryna Choniel, 2006 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Kataryna Choniel, 2006
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Trevor Butler, 2006 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Trevor Butler, 2006 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Trevor Butler, 2006
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa Jesse Schabel, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inchesSarah Stolfa Jesse Schabel, 2005 Archival pigment print 23 x 23 inches

Sarah Stolfa
Jesse Schabel, 2005
Archival pigment print
23 x 23 inches

Ryan Weideman Ruby Duby Doo, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Ruby Duby Doo, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Ruby Duby Doo, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Beauty Aloof, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Beauty Aloof, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Beauty Aloof, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Couple with Submarine, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Couple with Submarine, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Couple with Submarine, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Snake People, Lower East Side, 1984 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Snake People, Lower East Side, 1984 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Snake People, Lower East Side, 1984
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, 1995 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, 1995 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, 1995
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Six Girls Crack Up, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Six Girls Crack Up, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Six Girls Crack Up, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Close Up Vampire With Nymphette, 1986 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Close Up Vampire With Nymphette, 1986 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Close Up Vampire With Nymphette, 1986
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Homage to Robert Frank, 1997 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Homage to Robert Frank, 1997 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Homage to Robert Frank, 1997
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Mystery Couple, 1998 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Mystery Couple, 1998 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Mystery Couple, 1998
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman In the Shadows, Lower East Side, 1992 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman In the Shadows, Lower East Side, 1992 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
In the Shadows, Lower East Side, 1992
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Odalisque In the Back of a Hack, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Odalisque In the Back of a Hack, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Odalisque In the Back of a Hack, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman You Put Me In Ecstasy When You Ride Next To Me, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman You Put Me In Ecstasy When You Ride Next To Me, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
You Put Me In Ecstasy When You Ride Next To Me, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Trigger Happy, Pop! See What-cha Made Me Do, 1983 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Trigger Happy, Pop! See What-cha Made Me Do, 1983 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Trigger Happy, Pop! See What-cha Made Me Do, 1983
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Dee Dee With Radio, 1983 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Dee Dee With Radio, 1983 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Dee Dee With Radio, 1983
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Two Men With Woman Biting Hand, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Two Men With Woman Biting Hand, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Two Men With Woman Biting Hand, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Irrigate Mon, Rasta Buggin', 1984 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Irrigate Mon, Rasta Buggin', 1984 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Irrigate Mon, Rasta Buggin', 1984
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Fast Acquaintance and Short Ride, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Fast Acquaintance and Short Ride, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Fast Acquaintance and Short Ride, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Would You Like Some Candy, Cabbie?, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Would You Like Some Candy, Cabbie?, 1982 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Would You Like Some Candy, Cabbie?, 1982
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman Riding With Dream Lovers In Love, 1983 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inchesRyan Weideman Riding With Dream Lovers In Love, 1983 Gelatin silver print 16 x 20 inches

Ryan Weideman
Riding With Dream Lovers In Love, 1983
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Patrons, an exhibition featuring photographs by Ryan Weideman and Sarah Stolfa.  Shooting clients within their respective workplaces, Stolfa bartending at Philadelphia tavern McGlinchey’s, and Weideman driving a New York City taxicab, each of these artists has created a uniquely personal series of portraits. Patrons draws attention to the inexplicable yet natural ease that most city habitants feel in bars and taxis, depicting complimentary views of urban American experience and culture.

 

 

In 1980, Ryan Weideman cruised into New York City to become a street photographer. Having graduated with an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts, Weideman already had a style influenced by the great photographers of the period including Gary Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. Though anxious to pursue a career in photography, Weideman's focus turned to the more immediate goal of earning money to pay his rent. Soon after moving into an apartment on West 43rd Street, Weideman met a neighbor who drove a taxi, leading him to his newfound profession. For the next 25 years, Ryan Weideman photographed the theatric riders, including models, poets, drag queens, and celebrities, all within the back seat of his makeshift photo studio.

 

Weideman's work is a part of such prestigious collections as the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship Grant (1992-1993), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1986-1987), and a NEA Fellowship Grant (1984-1985).

 

In 1997, after touring with the band Delta 72 for several years, Sarah Stolfa moved to Philadelphia and began bartending at McGlinchey’s. Like Weideman, Stolfa began using her workplace as a photo studio. In doing so, the relationship between worker and patron became transformed. Taking advantage of the proximity, and in turn intimacy, which occurs between bartender and customer, Stolfa collected portraits of the diverse group of regulars. Her carefully composed images, often including a glass, mug, ashtray, newspaper, or money, are reminiscent of Seventeenth Century Dutch paintings in their color, lighting, and decipherable detail.

 

In 2004, Stolfa won The New York Times Photography Contest for College Students, and several of the early portraits were reproduced in The New York Times Magazine.  In 2006, she was included in the Second Woodmere Triennial of Contemporary Photography, alongside Arnold Newman, Naomi Savage, and David Graham. In 2006, Stolfa began her MFA at Yale University.