Stanley Greenberg’s photographs of architectural sites con- template form and content in the context of contemporary urban existence. He describes his approach as follows: “I look at photographs for the information they contain. I know that their record is not necessarily a mandate for truth, but I want them to tell me what they can beyond the act of the creation of the image and the production of the resulting prints. It’s an old fashioned way of looking, for what has happened in the visual arts generally has also happened specifically in photography: style and attitude have supplanted the photographers’ first call to record and document the world before them.”
Greenberg is the author of Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); Waterworks: A Photographic Journey through New York’s Hidden Water System (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003); and the forthcoming Architecture Under Construction (University of Chicago Press, 2010). The architecture images will be exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.
His photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Greenberg is the recipient of several grants, including a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2005, and grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Greenberg participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 1997.