street : avenue, pedestrian, lane, road, trail, passerby, spectator, boulevard, stroller, highway, thoroughfare, passage, jaywalker, pavement, road …
“Mr. Moray, “formerly of Aleppo”, aspired to writing the world’s longest sentence, discovered a stained and tumbled copy of Proust, gave up his task and immediately began his new career as “The World’s Longest Walker.” He simply desired a title of one sort or another: Longest Sentence Writer; Longest Walker…
He began his new career as “The World’s Longest Walker” in the company of retired gym owner, Jack Delanie, who unfortunately died, very unexpectedly, from saving and drinking the condensate water from his thirty year old Sears and Roebuck, window unit air conditioner. Erroneously believing this practice to be healthful, Mr. Delaine is presumed to have succumbed to some type of heavy metal poisoning.
Mr. Moray paid for Mr. Delaine’s coffin. He also paid an additional sum to the Funeral Director; having him affix a brass plaque to the head end of the coffin with the inscription, “Generously provided by Lachlan Moray, “The World’s Longest Walker” in tribute to his friend and fellow walker.” The Funeral Director suggested the inscription go on the headstone, for a small additional charge, because the plaque would end up in the ground, “tarnished and unread.” Mr. Moray declined The Funeral Director’s offer and verbally poo pooed his observation of the obvious. Mr. Moray asked his wife upon returning from his walk home if he appeared to be gullible or irrational? Mrs. Moray, shielding a giggle in a thespian’s cough said, “Of course not my dear, you are The World’s Longest Walker.” Satisfied, Mr. Moray went out for a walk.
“Baby carriages seem to appear in predictable movements, like symphonies or the tides,” Mr. Moray would exclaim, sometimes twice in a week, to his companions over coffee at an unstable Parisian table in front of a coffee shop frequented by older men refusing to order beverages in Italian. Mr. Moray’s late Mother called baby carriages “prams.” Mr. Moray enjoyed stopping young mothers on his walks and complementing them on the “fine quality” of their “pram” and then feigning absolute amazement at the “beauty and alacrity” of their children.
Mr. Moray had at one time attempted to become “The Man with the Best Vocabulary” but became bored with reading dictionaries and thesauruses. He would greet the homeless on the sidewalks near his home with “Warm salutations and sincere felicitations to you citizen.” He never offered money or the uneaten, day old, bagels he would take home from the coffee shop.
One saturated, August morning Mr. Moray sat at the unstable Parisian table in front of the coffee shop with his trousers rolled up past his swollen knees, smoking filterless cigarettes, talking to his confused companions about “wading through the dusky, verdure ocean of tobacco in a field outside of Marrakech.” Mr. Moray didn’t smoke…”
From “The Longest Walker in the World” by Franklin Cincinnatus
Creativity is encouraged.
JUROR| Harvey Stein will be the juror for “street”. Mr. Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography. Stein is a frequent lecturer on photography both in the United States and abroad. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan. He has also been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Bridgeport. A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist in residency grants, Stein’s seventh and latest book, Briefly Seen New York Street Life, was published in the fall of 2015. Other books of Stein’s photographs are Parallels: A Look at Twins, E.P. Dutton (1978); Artists Observed, Harry Abrams, Inc. (1986); Coney Island, W.W. Norton, Inc. (1998); Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life, Gangemi Editore, Rome (2006); Coney Island 40 Years Schiffer Publishing, (2011) and Harlem Street Portraits Schiffer Publishing (2013). Stein’s photographs and portfolios have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life, Esquire, American Heritage, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, Forbes, Psychology Today, Playboy, Harpers, Connoisseur, Art News, American Artist, New York, People, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, The Hopkins Review (cover), Sun Magazine (cover) and all the major photo magazines, including Camera Arts, Black & White Magazine (cover), Shutterbug, Popular Photography, American Photo, Camera, Afterimage, PDN, Zoom, Rangefinder, Photo Metro, fotoMagazine (Germany), photo technique and View Camera.
Stein’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe—83 one-person and over 165 group shows to date. He has curated 54 exhibits since 2007. His photographs are in more than 57 permanent collections, including the George Eastman House, Bibliotheque Nationale, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Denver Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), the Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, Museet for Fotokunst (Odense, Denmark), Musee De La Photographie (Charleroi, Belguim), the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, The New York Historical Society and Museum, and among others, the corporate collections of Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, LaSalle Bank (Chicago), Barclay Bank and Credit Suisse.
His work is represented by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York City. Stein’s work can be seen on his web site, www.harveysteinphoto.com and on Instagram @stein.harvey
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