Gus Powell

“In the absence of a restful European siesta, New Yorkers take the lunch hour by storm. We get our shoes shined while our hair is being cut, run three errands while eating a sandwich, smoke four cigarettes while we dance past tourists. We jaywalk. We move on.

“Yet amidst all this independent action, there exists an unspoken fraternity. Like members of a secret society, teeming pedestrians march in a parade of broken cadence to countless tunes, in all directions, for every reason. Street corners are standing-room-only meeting halls, where shoulders rub shoulders in impromptu one-act plays.

“I try to be ready for those moments that have a subtle comedy or tragedy to them; moments when strangers come together for a split second and are rendered inseparable through a photograph.”

Born 1974 in New York City, Gus lives and works in Brooklyn, where he does commercial and editorial photography. His personal work can be seen at the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, and he is currently working on a collection of photographs entitled “Lost & Found.”


Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH BFA 1997 Majored in religion and minored in studio art and American history. Semester abroad in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India: Fall 1995


“Dove Se” Curated by Giorgio Barrera. Milan, Italy. Scheduled for Fall 2005.

“Still Life & Stilled Lives: A Group Show” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. February 2005.

“Wild Flowers” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. Summer 2004.

“Town & Country” SOLO Show Norfolk, CT Public Library. September 2003.

“The –ing Show” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. August 2003.

“Summer Life” Alice Austen House, Staten Island, NY. August 2003.

“Common Ground: Photographers on the Street” McMullen Museum, Boston College, June 2003. Tufts University Gallery, Boston, October-December 2003

“Sylvan” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. April 2003.

“Made in New York” Jen Bekman Gallery, New York. June 2003.

2002 Armory Photography Show Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. October 2002.

“Life In The City” Museum of Modern Art, New York. Winter 2002 – Spring 2002.

“The Sidewalk Never Ends” Curated by Colin Westerbeck Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Fall 2001 – Spring 2002.

“Here Is New York” Curated by Alice Rose George & Charles Traub, 116 Prince Street, New York. September 2001. Travelling exhibition

“Comfort Pictures” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. October 2001.

“Straight Arrows: Four Emerging Photographers” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York. February 2001.

“Modern Madness” C.S. Ledbetter Gallery, New York. November 2000.

“Honest Lie” Saltbox Gallery, New York. August 1999.

“The Gestures of the Eye” Fisher Hall, Oberlin, Ohio. May 1997.


Featured in American Photography 22, 2005.

Featured in Print magazine’s “New Visual Artists” issue. April 2004.

Selected for Photo District New’s “30 Emerging Photographers Issue”. March 2003.

Awarded Cultural Specialist Grant from U.S. Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Visited Tanzania, Nigeria, and Kenya in March of 2002 to speak about photographing 9/11 and the history of street photography.


Paper Placemats J & L Books, 2004.

The Company of Strangers 96 page monograph by Gus Powell, J & L Books, 2003.

Here Is New York, Scalo, 2002. Seven photographs

Big #41 magazine, “Transcontinental” Summer 2002. Photographs and text by Gus Powell.

Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Westerbeck/Meyerowitz, Bulfinch 2001.

DoubleTake Magazine, “Lunch Pictures” (pp14-15) Summer 2001. Photographs and text by Gus Powell.


Afterimage, “Books Reviewed” by Bruno Chalifour. Fall 2004.

Photograph, “New Photobooks” by Vince Aletti (p43). Nov/Dec 2003.

Photo-Eye Booklist, “Book Review” by Darius Himes (p14). Fall 2003.

Marmalade (UK), “Finding Beauty in The Company of Strangers” by Myles Quin (pp50-55). Winter 2003.

Kodak ProPass, Emerging Artist Series Online profile with portfolio, posted Summer 2003.

Washington Post, “New York’s Apocalypse in Pictures” by Ben White (pC1). Oct. 22, 2001.

Village Voice, “Start Making Sense” by Vince Aletti (p57). October 10, 2001.

The New York Times, “Snapshots Of Sept. 11” by Roberta Smith (pE1). October 8, 2001.

The New Yorker Sophie Fels (p17). February 5, 2001.

The New York Observer Andrew Rice (p2). February 26, 2001.


2002-Present Freelance Photographer & Photo Editor.

1999 -2004 Photo Editor, The New Yorker magazine.

1999/2000 Photography Instructor, Tuscany Workshops.

1998 Freelance photo editor/researcher for The New Yorker, Time/Life, Tricycle, Joe, and other publications.

1998 Writer for the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards.

1997-1998 Freelance photo assistant for Hiro, Nitin Vadukul, Joel Meyerowitz, Peter Cunningham and others.


Spin, Fortune, Toro, The New Yorker, Worth, Das, New York, The National Post, Newsweek, & elsewhere.


Guest Speaker at the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, and PhotoPlus. Gus’s work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections of Bill Levinson, Vince Aletti, Kenneth Cole and others.