Syracuse is a medium sized city located right in the center of New York State and probably would fit right into the mid-west if you didn't know you could buy the Sunday New York Times at 7am every Sunday morning. The measure of a cities sophistication certainly can't be gauged by what newspapers they have available, but perhaps it can be measured by the impressions it makes on it's visitors and by the same impressions felt by those who pass through.
Over the years many artists have passed through our artist-in-residence program and many impressions have been deeply felt and appreciated, both in the work those artists have made during their stay and in the energy they have injected into our community. Jules Allen made that kind of imprint and left with an armload of photographs recording his unique impression of this city.
Allen says that his intention in making a photograph, 'is to provide access to a vision based on a rhythm of behavior and light that I particularly enjoy watching. This rhythm is based in a sensibility that is specific to a people. The photographs are about people, and a people.' There is that quality of rhythm and light in all our cities and towns and Jules Allen uncovered and brought it to life in this one.
Jeffrey Hoone (c) 1986
Jules Allen lives and works in New York City.