From David Rosenberg’s article “These Photographs Make You Take Notice of New York Architecture” for Slate:
Throughout his childhood, Marc Yankus had a stepfather who often told him to go outside and play in traffic. Yankus instead took to the streets of New York, where his appreciation for architecture grew. His exploration also led him to the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a place where he said he “spent a lot of time pretending I was going back in time.”
As a fine art photographer, Yankus has created work that speaks to that background; his most recent photographs will be on view at ClampArt in New York, opening Oct. 13, as part of his series “The Secret Lives of Buildings.”
The title is a nod to a feature published in the ‘Paris Review’ in 2014 about Yankus’ previous show, one that he feels describes his work very well.
“Buildings are kind of like trees,” he said. “They’re silent. They’re tall. They’re all around you and they witness things. If they had a consciousness they would have seen all these different lives; people die, new people move in, there are all these changes to historical buildings.”