June 7, 2012

“Simple Pleasures”

A Photographic Exhibition by Eugenia D’Ambrosio ’05

The Hudson Gallery at SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center will host a photographic exhibition, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring work by Eugenia D’Ambrosio ’05, at the Hudson Gallery, SUNY Empire State College, 325 Hudson Street, fifth floor. The show will run until Sept. 14.

Jane's Carousel near the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Riding the Carousel

“My passion is to reveal the unending stories that unfold every day in the city,” says D’Ambrosio. “As a visual artist and photographer … my intent is for the viewer to have a sense that they are standing next to me as the shutter clicks. My inspiration is New York City, the neighborhoods, the people, and the cultures that I grew up with and have experienced throughout my life. This is what I consider simple pleasures.”

She says that Coney Island, with its diversity of communities bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Jane’s Carousel that sits between the Brooklyn and the Manhattan bridges are two places that reveal these simple joys. Photographs of both locations will be in the show.

Little girl on Jane's carousel located between Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Pink Rider

About the Artist

Eugenia D’Ambrosio is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. Growing up in Spanish Harlem, she found herself immersed in a diversity of cultures and neighborhoods. These communities, in turn, became focal points for her photographic compositions. In particular, she loves to photograph the simple pleasures of life that bring people together – activities that allow them to play, have fun and be a kid again. Renowned photographer Mel Rosenthal (a retired Empire State College faculty member) was instrumental in guiding her toward a realization that photography has the power to be revelatory.

 Her work has been exhibited at the Livingston Gallery in 2011, the Alumni Gallery exhibition in 2008 and  Ritz Gallery, NYC, in 2007 and 2008. She has acted as curator for "Mel Rosenthal: 40 Years of Making Pictures" (2011) and "Moving Forward," the graduate student show (2010).  She also coordinated "Fabric of Life Contemporary Paintings and Prints from the Uganda Art Consortium Project," (2011) and "Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York," by Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA. She is an MFA candidate in photography at Pratt Institute.

Ferris wheel at Coney Island


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