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Paul Raphaelson: Sweet Ruin



a solo exhibition of photographs by
Paul Raphaelson
December 8th - January 14th 2018
Opening Reception
December 15th, 7-9 pm

Front Room Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Paul Raphaelson, entitled "Sweet Ruin".  Featuring photographs taken at the site of Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, Raphaelson's images chronicle the final state of the once bustling industrial complex before its dismantling and demolition.

Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery, once the largest in the world, shut down in 2004 after a long struggle. Most New Yorkers know this 135-year-old industrial relic only as an icon on the skyline, its exterior and beloved Domino sign reproduced on countless T-shirts and skateboard graphics. In 2013, Paul Raphaelson, known for his formally intricate urban landscape photographs received permission from the developers of the Domino site to explore every square foot of the refinery just weeks before its gutting and demolition. Raphaelson is the last photographer given access to the factory.


Paul Raphaelson is a visual artist best know for urban landscape photographs, mostly made in liminal spaces between the residential and industrial, occupied and abandoned, domesticated and feral. He was the last photographer allowed access to Brooklyn’s historic Domino Sugar Refinery before its 2014 demolition; a book of this work was published during Fall 2017. He has also explored the fragmented and disorienting views offered by the New York City Subway, and experimented with images and text (and text without images). His work has been exhibited and collected internationally.