The Half King Photography Series
With a new exhibit every eight weeks, we bring fresh insight
to the stories documentary photographers are telling today.
A note from curators Anna Van Lenten & James Price
We are Anna Van Lenten (writer and editor), and James Price (Photo Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage). We curate the photography series at The Half King in Manhattan, where we exhibit some of the best documentary photographers working today.
We aim to make our bi-monthly openings occasions for audience and photographer to enter other realities, and to identify some of the unseen forces working in them. Our openings have three elements: a print exhibit that hangs for eight weeks; a slideshow screening of the photographer’s project; and a discussion that is anchored by a seasoned moderator and also open to audience participation throughout. Such face-to-face connection brings fresh, un-canned insight to the work on display. We feel that the intelligence, spontaneity, and focus that our audiences inspire are vital, especially in our intensely digital world.
The photography we champion lends critical context to the news we race through day to day, deepening and clarifying its stories. The projects we get most excited about tell their stories with grit and beauty. We shape all shows to highlight the strange and compelling, the overlooked and underreported, and most important, to illuminate context. We believe in the enlightening effect of text or audio to help do so.