Recollecting the family-owned stores of her childhood, Michelle Cheikin photographs independently owned shops in New York City. Her series titled Small Business includes a mixture of environmental portraiture and still-life imagery of artifacts. She provides glimpses into the history of these cultural spaces on the brink of obsolescence due to new technologies, an international economy and local gentrification.
About the Artist:
Michelle Cheikin is a photographer who lives in Brooklyn. She uses medium-format and large-format film cameras to document the formal qualities of place while revealing the characteristics that denote a moment in time. Her photography has been exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, an En Foco Touring Gallery Exhibition, and other galleries and public venues in New York City. She holds a BA in Sociology from Clark University and an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.