The gallery features work from Goldsmith’s 2007 book, Rock and Roll, but the images are worth seeing blown up and up close – especially the “rock mosaics,” which meticulously recreate a central image of an icon using thousands of smaller images. Goldsmith’s photography is arresting because it’s unscripted – the kind you don’t see any more in this age of publicists and other gate keepers. The faces are all familiar – among them Sting, Sid Vicious, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and the Beastie Boys – but the intimacy conveyed by many of the photographs was novel to me, as though they were taken by a friend rather than a photographer on assignment. This impression is reinforced when you consider that Goldsmith hand selects each of the micro images that comprise her mosaics. They are painstaking labors of love of which she is justifiably proud and one could spend hours looking at the individual thumbnails. These images show the rock and roll stories without explicit telling, and they alone merit a trip.
Visit the gallery at: 521 W 26th Street (betw. 10th and 11th Ave) Floor 5, NY, NY 10001 and see more of Goldsmith’s work at http://www.rockandrollphotogallery.com/
~Stark Contributing Writer Ashley Herriman