Admittedly Voyeuristic: Gail Albert Halaban Photographs Intimate Life Through Neighboring Windows
Like many with a curious mind, Gail Albert Halaban had a fascination with the lives inhabiting the big city where she lived – New York. As a young mother with many a sleepless night, the Ivy League graduate found herself peering through her neighbor’s windows, searching for an intimate connection in her moments of solitude.
“At first I know it sounds kind of creepy…”
With a background in photography, receiving her Masters of Fine Art from Yale, Halaban decided to document the scenes from her window with a camera, making sure to choose a focal length comparable to the human eye, with the consent of the persons being photographed.
The results of her photographic project landed her with acknowledgement from respected publications such as The New York Times, New York magazine, and The New Yorker – along with the release of Out Of My Window – a book documenting the photo series.
“I’m a friendly window watcher.”
Following her aforementioned successes in 2009, Halaban received an invitation to continue her window-watching documentation in Paris for Le Monde magazine, culminating in the recent release of her second book in the series entitled Paris Views – a new set of images in an entirely different environment, touched on the video below.
Take a look: