TIME writes: “Works like Landing Lights Park (ROMAN NVMERALS) by David Rothenberg were more illusive; its untethered sense of reality makes what may otherwise seem mundane — the area around LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y. — into an incredible exercise in mindful seeing.”
“Photographs shot from the ground of passengers looking out from the windows of planes in the air. But a book isn’t its description. These are remarkable and surprisingly moving photographs by David Rothenberg, full of alienation, pathos and good humor.”
Allison Meier writes in the article:
“In Landing Lights Park, those bombastic architectural touches — such as stone lions and colorful ornate fences — are interrupted by the planes. Yet despite the incredible noise, and blasts of air, these planes bring to the neighborhood, Rothenberg’s photographs have a surprising stillness. Whether in the soaring aircrafts, or the expressions of the people onboard, his compositions find quiet moments in this daily contrast between cacophonous flight and the lives below.”
Rothenberg focuses on the neighborhood that lies beneath the whining roar and shadows of inbound jetliners landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Rothenberg’s photographs explore this extraordinary intrusion within a landscape of the ordinary.
‘Landing Lights Park’ offers a sequence of disorienting photographic collisions. Neighborhood details and intruding airplanes are interspersed with portraits of passengers in midair as they gaze out their windows moments before landing, taken from the ground with a telephoto lens. Includes short essays by Gideon Jacobs.
Gideon Jacobs is a writer who has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Bomb Magazine, among others. Previously, he was creative director at the photo cooperative Magnum Photos. For more: gideon.works