In July 2007, the Design Trust awarded the fourth Photo Urbanism fellowship to Gail Albert Halaban for her project, Out My Window. Halaban created a series of portraits in private homes across the five boroughs, focusing on the views that shape New Yorkers' everyday lives. A selection of the photographs from her fellowship will be on view at the Robert Mann Gallery through March 2009.
In her own words, Halaban described the intent of her project to "create a series of portraits in private spaces across the five boroughs that reveal the transformation of New York City's landscape. The view can serve several different functions throughout the series, signifying location, class, or the fleeting nature of time. I will specifically look at how the landscape of 2007 is vastly different than the landscape that preceded it, and how different the landscape will become." While adopting the visual language of photojournalism and its anthropological approach, Gail also finds precedence in the characters of Edward Hopper's universe, using architecture to suggest the inner psychology of her subject and the subtle interactions of urban life.