Masked musicians military tanks and batman all play parts in the daily theatre captured by betsy karel of new york citys famous intersection loved by tourists shunned by locals. Featuring 73 black and white photographs taken in summer americas stage times square uses five new york city blocks as a metaphor for urban america today where almost every inch of public space has been taken over by private corporate interests. In her new book americas stage times square street photographer and photojournalist betsy karel uses the five new york city blocks that make up times square as a metaphor for todays urban america here betsy explains many of the major trends of our society consumerism hypersexualization hucksterism surveillance narcissism globalism are condensed and amplified. A roiling epicenter of human interaction akin to the moments leading up to the big bang times square is a dizzying dance of people engaged in a constant gush of movement in betsy karels americas stage times square tourists hawkers masquerading characters lovers of free speech brides and. After all it was the home of the juxtapoz x grotesk tsq newsstand our installation in times square over the course of 10 days in 2015 that is why we are so interested in the book from steidl betsy karels americas stage times square
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