Long Goodbye, 2017 © Michael Massaia
44" x 60" Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Michael Massaia started photographing New York's last remaining pay phones in 2012. "It's in the Leaving" continues in a similar vein to Michael's previous portfolios, his nods to the recent past, its echoes, and to childhood; although one may perhaps feel less nostalgic towards this subject, not missing the days of sharing a mouthpiece with hundreds or thousands of strangers.
"While almost none of these phones still function, there is subtle proof of life inside each one. Their main function now is to seemingly act as totems pointing to less knowing, less connected, and, perhaps, better/less revealing times."
Available in real life as impeccable hand-made selenium-toned gelatin silver prints.
The artisan at work