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Please join us for the closing reception of Frank Dobbs’s photography exhibit, “Life Itself,” which chronicles people’s day-to-day life in New York City with “a lover’s unflinching fidelity” and a gentle sense of humor. Looking for the whole picture, Dobbs’s scrutinizing eyes see into the gaps of our lives, capturing people during those fleeting moments when they do nothing: waiting for the subway, or for the next customer, or for the meal to be served.

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

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35 East 21st St, Sixth Floor

Frank Dobbs, in his own words:

My wife’s late father, former director of the oldest public art museum in the U.S., bequeathed me a blurb: New York is lucky Mr. Dobbs was born here because he has had a lifetime to develop a love affair with the city.

My educational background is in literature and classics and finance. My first artistic love is in poetry, frequently translating liturgical texts, and more recently writing new ones. But about ten years ago I started carrying a camera everywhere and fell into a habit of photographing whatever was interesting and beautiful as I walked through The City. I’ve benefited from courses at the International Center for Photography, and lively international online discussions with other street photographers. I’ve probably taken over a million photographs.

For me, the tradition of street photography is a way to carry forward the work of the gospel, to constantly say: No, it’s not quite what we think it is, is it? The full beauty of the moment can never be captured, but what else is worth trying?