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American Moments photography by the New York based / Minnesota born photographer Toby Old.

Toby Old creates square B&W film based photographs. Each image is a transitory window that becomes a voyeuristic portal into a carnival of frozen moments that only happened once.

Toby Old was born in Stillwater, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota. His street work has been associated with the likes of Minnesota photographers Tom Arndt, Ray Muxter and Danny Seymour. His curious and compassionate interest in humanity has also been likened to the tradition set forth by the likes of Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Larry Clark. 

American Moments features 30 iconic images from several series of social and cultural experiences that Toby Old has created over his career that began in the 1970’s.  Old has exhibited widely including his solo show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2002. He has published four books to date and is currently working on a series about religion.

American Moments are unique images that range from bizarre to humorous. The images stop time and force the viewer to become a voyeur of a decisive moment. Work in the exhibit exposes the sub cultures of the NY fashion world and the disco scene. Other images penetrate the walls of an insane asylum to confront the lonely faces of madness. Toby Old’s curious camera and flash give you a front row seat at a boxing ring. Next image takes you outside to witness circus performers with snakes, high diving horses, and bears riding motorcycles. Other images will take you inside a mysterious religious theme park The Holy Land Experience in Florida, others take place outside like the image of NYC street performers dancing and leaping cheerleaders forever suspended in mid-air.

Toby Old’s images are beautifully printed frozen moments of reality that transform in the instant of the shutter our ordinary world into an elaborately detailed stage play of metaphoric experiences.

Toby Old will be attending his opening through out the Art-A-Whirl weekend May 16-17-18. 

Saturday May 17, 2014, 8:00PM – 11:00 PM and Artist will be present. 
Exhibit Closes September 6, 2014
Open each day of Art-A-Whirl. May 16, 17, and 18, 2014
Artist Talk Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 5 PM / Limited Seating

Image Information
  1. Airdome, Rhinebeck, NY 1991                                                                    
  2. Belmont Stakes, Queens, NY 1980                                                             
  3. Orange County Fair, Middletown NY 1990                                               
  4. Undercard, Madison Square Garden NYC 1983                                      
  5. Xenon Disco NYC 1978                                                                             
  6. Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 1998                                                             
  7. Xenon Disco NYC, 1978                                                                          
  8. Orange County Fair, Middletown NY 1989                                               
  9. The Fun House Disco NYC, 1989                                                             
  10. Kentucky Derby, Louisville, KY 1990                                                        
  11. Mardi Gras, New Orleans, LA 1978                                                           
  12. Tavern on the Green, Central Park, NY 1994                                          
  13. Holy Land Theme Park Orlando, FL 2013                                                
  14. Alternative Fashion Show NYC, 1998                                                       
  15. Ninth Ave NYC 1996                                                                                  
  16. Church of Ascension, 107th St NYC 2012                                                 
  17. Jazz Dancers, Jacobs Pillow, Becket, MA  2008                                        
  18. Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY 2000                                                                       
  19. Quechee, Vermont 2003                                                                            
  20. Jacob’s Pillow, Becket MA 2007                                                                
  21. FDR Psychiatric Hospital, Montrose, NY  199                                            
  22. Mount Rushmore, 4th of July, Rapid City, SD 2006                                   
  23. National Cheerleaders Convention, Daytona Beach, FL 1998                 
  24. FDR Psychiatric Hospital, Montrose, NY 1988                                          
  25. Ocean Beach, NJ 2007                                                                                 
  26. Catskill Game Farm NY 1994                                                                     
  27. Gerry Cooney @ Gleason’s Gym NYC 1981                                              
  28. Canal Street Subway Station NYC 1979                                                    
  29. Mayday Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2008                                       
  30. Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet 2010                                                         


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