The Other Side


Joergen Geerds

January 26 – March 3, 2012

Through five panoramic photographs, artist Joergen Geerds explores the interconnections of space and community, humans and habitats, inside and out, self and other.

Start anywhere and you’ll quickly slip into Geerds-vision: Central Park is a space for enjoying grass and trees, inviting the warmth of the wilderness into the heart of the city. But the other side of the Park is its persistent emptiness (it is literally a hole in a field of skyscrapers), signalled here by a field of snow. This Park is not a lonely place, but very much an outside that has been invited in—a vampire of sorts, both awing and terrifying.

Astoria’s other side is its past: Here, a working class neighborhood was transformed into New York’s most diverse, becoming an anchor point in Robert Moses’s plan to transform the city. Geerds has lived in Astoria for many years; it cannot hide from him. In his image of historical Astoria, he catches an older building in the act of growing an enchanted hedge around itself—protection against a change that is inevitable, already creeping into the frame.

The Astoria pool, emptied of humans, also betrays its other side: It is an outdoor space, even when it’s treated as a private room. It is an outdoor space, yet it feels like an aqueous family den walled in by two bridges and the New York skyline. The pool, like the Park, is not lonely, but re-exteriorized… The sushi restaurant at the Esplanade, just south of the World Trade Center site in Battery Park, hints at a warm interior—only to have this warmth dragged out, in neon, into the empty street… The East River Park is caged by the installation above, but brought back outdoors by the fact it’s used only as a dog-run…

Geerds highlights here not a dissociating modern city, but its underlying structures and spaces, which—temporarily scrubbed free of people by the power of the camera—allow for unity, for community. Geerds’s alchemy shows us that the city is not so much a succession of insides and outsides as it is a plastic network of other sides.

In this critique of city spaces, Geerds’s photography recalls the maximal, place-focused interrogation of industry practiced by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch in The Forgotten Space. But—odd for a New York artist—Geerds does not bring a politics of exchange into his work.

If anything, he empties New York of its value as a site of exchange. He flattens the New York of capital (snowy parks, busy restaurants, bright streets) with the New York of snow and streets.

This attention to the elemental is what makes Geerds’s images so arresting: Are these photographs dark comments on a New York underneath, around, and above us all the time, hiding from us, shaping our lives?

Or are they agnostic, or even stoic works—intended to ask us questions about our city, yes, but also intended to question the spaces themselves, to bring them, in answering, into concert with one another, in the not-quite-dark of the long-exposure night?

Regardless of how we interpret or are questioned by Geerds’s many-sided New York, we can’t help but look at it, and look again.Text by Wythe Marschall









Categories: Exhibitions Past


Joergen Geerds



Moon over Central Park, c-print, 96x40in

Moon over Central Park, c-print, 96x40in

Lives and works in New York City


1994-1999 Diplom-Kommunikationsdesigner (Photography and Art Direction), University for Applied Science, Würzburg, Germany


2006 ADDY Awards(interactive design)
2005 CIBA10 Award (interactive design)
2010 DTC Advertising Awards

Inspired by the grandeur and grime of New York City, Joergen Geerds branched into panoramic photography in 2006.
Prior to finding his calling in panoramas, Geerds studied photography and design under Ernst Weckert and Nicolai Sarafov in Würzburg, Germany. He moved to the City in 2000—he had simply outgrown his hometown—and worked for several successful years as an art director in the advertising world.
During this time, he refined his love of wide-angle photography and ventured into the world of panoramas. He found the un-cropped cityscapes that his flattened, 360-degree photos revealed were unique in the market. This led him to develop his own distinct style—large-scale, hyper-wide night panoramas of New York City.
Geerds’s photos illuminate places familiar to many, both on the macro and micro scales. But these photos also make viewers think about how and where they were taken, and deeply consider what it is about these at-first familiar haunts that so captures our attention.
After showing his work in several art shows in Brooklyn, Geerds did not go unnoticed. Since 2008, he has been represented by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea, NY.
Geerds also documents his ongoing panorama work on his blog at His dedicated fine art photography can be found at
Geerds maintains a lively dialogue with fellow artists and photographers across the globe, and he loves to stay at the very front of photography and technological progress in general. His recent interests are 360 video panoramas.

Select Exhibitions:

2013- 2014  TJ Wilcox: In The Air: panoramic video installation at the Whitney Museum NYC (collaboration with the Artist to create largest 360 time lapse in the world)
2012 Art Wynwood , 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY USA
2012, The Other Side (solo show),532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY
2011-2012 GSB Art on Loan group show, New York, NY, USA
2011 Aqua Art, Miami ,532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY USA
2011 Lumin-o-City (solo show), Pousada de Palmela, Palmela, Portugal
2010 Aqua Art, Miami ,532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel Miami, FL, USA
2008 Winter Group Show “Boson Exotic”, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, USA
2008 Incandescent, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY, USA
2008 BRiDGE as iCON Group Show, Tabla Rasa Gallery Brooklyn, NY, USA
2008 Photographers of BWAC, Kingsborough College, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2008 BWAC Spring Group Show, Redhook, Brooklyn, NY, USA (served also as show chair)
2007 Points of View, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2007 BWAC Fall Group Show, Redhook, Brooklyn, NY, USA (served also as show co-chair)
1996 The History of Jazz (digital illustration in collaboration with Nicolai Sarafov), Hugendubel, München, Germany
1995 Industrial Photography, permanent collection of the Landesgewerbeanstalt, Würzburg, Germany

Conference Talks
Tokyo 2013, Denjuko Conference, 360 Video panoramas
Selfoss 2013, International Panorama Photography Conference: 360 Video Panorama application
NYC 2012, International Panorama Photography Conference
Palmela 2011, International Panorama Photography Conference: Panorama Photography and the fine art market

Categories: Exhibitions