Hiroyuki Ito: Astoria & Peruvian Sandwich
In making his recent series of photographs of the Astoria neighborhood in Queens, alum Hiroyuki Ito suspends his street photographer instincts to seek out emotional tension, focusing instead on the act of seeing passively, producing a quiet drama in his pictures. Also on view are stark monochrome portraits that offer a counterpoint to his Astoria work - born from a commissioned shoot by a South American restaurant franchise, Peruvian Sandwich follows the workaday lives of Lima’s inhabitants, shot through with moments of exuberance and pathos.
Hiroyuki Ito was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1968. He moved to New York in 1992 and studied at Tisch School of Arts in 1997. After graduation he started working at The Village Voice and since 1999 he has been a regular contributor for The New York Times.