Shaping self, in the shot | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi

Lady Cantrese at Lenox Lounge by David Vades Joseph.

Lady Cantrese at Lenox Lounge by David Vades Joseph.

No shots of Kim Kardashian’s prosperous posterior appear in the latest photography exhibit of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA).

Instead, “Selfless Selfies” seeks to capture a far rarer beauty, that of Northern Manhattan’s rich land and streetscapes and its unexpected diversity – all from an insider’s perspective.

Curator Michael Palma explained that the show features 30 photographers, all from above 96th Street.

“We wanted photographers to broadly interpret what a ‘selfless selfie’ meant,” he said. “This is not an outsider coming in a neighborhood and taking pictures.”

Moreover, the black-and-white photos provide a direct intimacy to viewers.

“We didn’t want people to be distracted by color,” said Palma.

NoMAA’s Executive Director Sandra García-Betancourt said the show is possibly the most popular to date. And with reason- it is easy to sink in the richness of these photos.

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“Selfless Selfies” has been extended until January 16, 2015! For more information, please visit or call 212.568.4396.

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  • Rita McKee
    November 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    It’s been a privilege to have been included in this exhibit.
    Truly remarkable visions.