Solo Exhibition Award Winner
David Rothenberg (born Mission Viejo, CA; lives Queens, NY) is a photographer and educator. Rothenberg received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York and an MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Rothenberg has produced two books of his work with the publisher Roman Nvmerals, including Landing Lights Park, which TIME named one of the best photography books of 2018. His photographs have been published and written about in Hyperallergic, Libération and The New York Times, as well as featured on The New Yorker’s Instagram account. Rothenberg received the PHOTO 2021 x Perimeter International Photobook Prize for Roosevelt Station. Rothenberg’s work has been exhibited at, and is in the collection of, the Museum of the City of New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of numerous library special collections including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2019, Rothenberg was awarded the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant for photography.
Statement from the Artist:
The camera’s ability to freeze motion to reveal hidden forms is one of the earliest properties that drew fascination for the medium, and still holds true for me in illuminating an essentially universal experience in an unexpected way. “Landing Lights Park” looks at the Queens neighborhood that lies beneath the whining roar and shadows of jetliners landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Aircrafts descend over Landing Lights Park, a stretch of undeveloped land within the working-class neighborhood of East Elmhurst, at intervals as frequent as every 90 seconds and as low as 150 feet above the ground, leaving behind a noxious backdrop of noise and polluted air for residents. My photographs explore this extraordinary intrusion within a landscape of the ordinary.