Alice O'Malley | the artist
The artist Alice O'Malley
Born 1962, Buffalo, NY, USA.
Lives and works in New York City, .
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Over the last seven years, O'Malley has collaborated with scores of downtown New York artists to create a photographic archive of, by and for those who inhabit the peripheries. Set against backdrops of what seem to be the last empty rooms in a neighbourhood reeling from takeover, these portraits derive from the informal rituals of languid afternoon visits and unhurried conversation. While the choice of the silver gelatin print casts her unconventional subjects in enduring relief, O'Malley's unschooled process bears the marks of imperfection that lend to its intimacy…
Alice O'Malley moved to New York City in 1990 to immerse herself in the city's vibrant downtown culture. A self-taught photographer who cites the influence of portraitists Romaine Brooks, E. J. Bellocq, and particularly Peter Hujar, she has photographed the poets, musicians, and artists of that scene…
Works and biography
When not working by day as a legal secretary in New York, O'Malley has amassed a body of work that includes well over 80 subjects, appearing in classic portraits taken in private homes in downtown New York. Her subjects are part of a "disappearing culture" of artists and models; some are well known in the art world (Antony of Antony and the Johnsons); others are reclusive…