Wijnanda Deroo does interiors – restaurants, bedrooms, the insides of public buildings, homes, factories, hotels. Her evocative series, Inside New York Eateries, at Robert Mann Gallery, was an important addition to the photographic history of New York. Some are well-known icons. (Above: Relish, 225 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn)
Tavern on the Green, Central Park
Papaya Dog, 42nd & 9th Avenue
Milon, 93 First Avenue
“This Dutch photographer understands that restaurants are fictions we inhabit, stage sets on which we enact dramas of eating, and presents them in a stylish but straightforward manner, inviting us to select which roles we want to play.” -Wall Street Journal review.
This last shot of the Oyster Bar has sentimental memories, as the first place my parents stopped, just off the train from Toronto, when we first began annual Easter visits to New York when I was a young child. Many of Deroo’s images would have similar memories for others. Deroo was born in The Netherlands and is now U.S.-based.
Wijnanda Deroo’s website, here.
Robert Mann Gallery, here.