Alan Gaynor Photography


My interest in Photography is an outgrowth of my interest in Architecture and Urbanism and my life-long love of my native metropolis, New York City.

While it has been said that architecture is frozen music, my photographs demonstrate that in a city, it is not the individual buildings, but the urban context, which most closely resembles music. The layering of the buildings creates an overall ‘ensemble’ of varied man-made elements played against the natural ones.

The New York City Subway Series of photographs grew out of my realization that these vast underground spaces are dramatic architectural statements. These underground spaces are largely defined by their structural elements, which have a wonderful geometric purity about them, when viewed abstractly.

Taken together, my photographic work is an examination of the architecture of the urban environment. The black and white film gives the pieces timelessness.

Alan is a principal of the full-service architecture and design firm Alan Gaynor + Company.


I have studied photography with some of the acknowledged masters of the medium including: George Tice, John Sexton and Jock Sturges.


June 2011: Solo show at Viridian Artists, 530 West 25th Street, #407, NYC.

December 2009/January 2010: Group show at Viridian Artists, 530 West 25th Street, NYC.

March/April 2010: Group show at MV Gallery of Photography, 4 West 37th Street, 5th Floor, NYC.

October/November 2007: Alan Gaynor participated in the Spectra ‘07 National Photography Triennial at the Silvermine Gallery in New Cannan, Connecticut. Peter MacGill was the juror for this show.

Alan Gaynor has been named winner of the ThinkTank Photo Competition for Architectural Photography (2007).

My Photographs have been exhibited at Foto Fusion, Soho Photo as well as Safe-T-Gallery.


“Urban Sprawl Soars Upward in Alan Gaynor’s Photographs of the City...”
GALLERY&STUDIO (June/July/August 2011)

“...this exhibition of extraordinary large format photographs by Gaynor...”
The L Magazine (March 31-April 13, 2004)