After spending 35 years producing and directing documentary films for public television and educational distribution Claude Beller focused his creative talents to photography. Inspired by photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Helen Levitt, Richard Sandler and Garry Winogrand Claude began shooting in the streets and subway of New York City. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and was recently chosen as one of 10 photographers to win the “Feature Shoot” International Street Photography Awards.  



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Artist Statement

As long as I can remember I was drawn to the streets of New York with its variety and richness of people and places.  I look for moments of connection between people, isolated people caught up in their own thoughts and the juxtaposition of diverse faces in the streets or crowded subway car.   The subjects I shoot have a special quality that sets them apart. It could be the face itself, the style of clothes, a tattoo. It can be a private, magical or romantic moment for example a kiss, a glance, a conversation or putting on make-up.  I try and get out each day even for an hour or so to observe what is around me and look for those moments that capture the soul of New York. 

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