Gail Albert Halaban is is an American fine art and commercial photographer. She is noted for her large scale photographs of women and urban, voyeuristic landscapes.
Halaban was born in Washington DC in 1970. She began photographing when she was 6, when she made a camera for her first grade science fair. She holds an MFA from Yale University.
Her art explores the tension between public and private life, what is seen by all, and what is hidden. The series Out My Window is a collection of images taken through and into windows in New York City, she acknowledges unspoken voyeurism and exhibitionism, tells us to admit we all do it, and then pushes us to confront the hope, isolation and other emotions that lie behind the gaze.
The pictures seem intrusive, but are nearly all posed. The residents are collaborators and their apartments are lit specifically to make these pictures, which explore a defining urban experience: becoming secretly familiar with the neighbors’ most intimate moments.
In the end, the process of producing this series of images is a kind of performance that serves as a remedy for the symptoms that they portray: by ringing on doorbells, Albert Halaban helps bring anonymous neighbors into each others’ lives. The set-up of the camera and the staging of the resultant photograph become an occasion for new friendships.
Gail Albert Halaban currently lives and works in New York.
|2015||Paris Views||Edwynn Houk, New York, NY||Solo|
|2015n||Untitled||Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France||Solo|
|2013||Hopper Redux||Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA||Solo|
|2012n||Hopper Redux||Edwynn Houk, New York, NY||Solo|
|2012||New York in Color February n||Howard Greenberg Gallery New York, NY||Group|
|2011n||Photos!||Flo Peters Gallery Hamburg, Germany||Group|
|2011n||People, Places and Power||Davidson College, Charlotte, NC||Group|
|2010||Psychological Interior||Out of Place Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||Group|
|2010||Incognito: The Hidden Self Portrait||Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Summer Staged||Foley Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Domestic||Espai Cultural de Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain||Group|
|2009n||Out My Window||Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2009||Sexy and the City||Yossi Milo Gallery New York, NY||Group|
|2008n||This Stage of Motherhood||KMR Arts Washington Depot, CT||Solo|
|2009n||Au Féminin||Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris France||Group|
|2009n||Right Through the Very Heart of It||Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2008n||• This Stage of Motherhood||KMR Arts, Washington Depot, CT||Solo|
|2008||• Good Life||Yancey Richardson Gallery,New York, NYn||Groupn|
|2007n||Figure It! The Human Factor in Contemporary Art||Clay Center, Charleston, WV||Groupn|
|2006n||This Stage of Motherhood,||Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2003n||About Thirty||Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2003n||Flash. Swimsuits & Sports||Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA||Group|