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‘Downtown Stories’ in black and white at Lower East Side photo show

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Spanning from the Tompkins Square Park riots of the 1980s to hip fashion and portrait photography of today, a current group exhibit on the Lower East Side brings together the work of three talented Downtown photographers.

Entitled “Downtown Stories,” the show, at Colbo — a combo store-and-event space at 51 Orchard St. — features the black-and-white photography of Q. Sakamaki, Marco Giannavola and Lihi Brosh.

The opening in early September drew an ultra-hip crowd. In keeping with the show’s spirit, Brosh and Sakamaki snapped black-and-white images of the event. Clayton Patterson, the Lower East Side documentary photographer, was on hand to shoot some in color, too.

(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)
Lihi Brosh. (Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

Brosh, who also curated the exhibit, is a Tel Aviv native who is known for her signature half black/half blonde hairstyle. Self-taught, she has been photographing since she was 14. She specializes in fashion, celebrity and documentary photography.

Giannavola, who previously worked as part of Annie Leibovitz’s in-house photography team, does classical portraiture driven by a photojournalistic style.

(Courtesy Lihi Brosh)
(Courtesy Lihi Brosh)
Q. Sakamaki. (Courtesy Lihi Brosh)
(Photo by Q. Sakamaki)

Sakamaki, who formerly lived in the East Village, is an award-winning photographer who has traveled the globe capturing images of intense combat zones and unique documentary subjects that show us the conditions — often in extreme poverty and hardship — in which others live. He covered the East Village in the 1980s and early ’90s when heated struggles over the Tompkins Square homeless tent city and against the park curfew made the area a de facto conflict zone.

The group exhibit at Colbo is on view through the winter.

Q. Sakamaki and Lihi Brosh. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Lihi Brosh in front of one of her portraits. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Q. Sakamaki with one of his East Village photos circa 1980s. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Lihi Brosh curated the group exhibit. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Marco Giannavola, left, with one of his photo portraits. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

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