Tria Giovan

loisaida 

New York Street work 1984 - 1990

Loisaida is an evocative chronicle of NYC Lower East Side’s halcyon days from the archives of acclaimed photographer Tria Giovan

In 1984, Tria Giovan moved to a tenement building on Clinton Street on New York City’s Lower East Side. She wandered the streets photographing as if in a foreign land. Loisaida— as some know it—was as gritty, authentic and humble as it was exotic, vibrant and colorful. The melding cultures and humanity she encountered inspired these photographs. Giovan left the neighborhood and the work behind in 1990 without ever editing or producing the majority of the photographs. The negatives languished until the pandemic.

The photographs have now been collated together in a new publication from Damiani Books. Tria Giovan: Loisaida New York Street Work 1984–1990 is a time capsule; a cultural and historical record of a 1980s Lower East Side that fostered robust communities of diverse populations, including the many immigrants who took pride in making Loisaida their home. Her images invite curiosity and evoke nostalgia about a place in a bygone era that has been forever altered through waves of gentrification. Part preservation, part humanistic engagement, this project contributes to an historical visual legacy of the ever-evolving, always evocative Lower East Side.

“Through Giovan’s beautifully muted color photographs we are given a window into the resiliency of a neighborhood – the life of its community and the evolution of its built environment.”— Sean Corcoran, Curator of prints and photographs, Museum of the City of New York.

“Looks like stills from a documentary’s B-roll, the tones soft and dim, slants of sunlight bathing street corners in a sense of calm, and stasis.” — Lauren Christensen ― The New York Times Book Review

“I left the neighborhood and the work behind in 1990. The negatives languished until the pandemic. Resurrecting this series through editing, scanning, and sequencing for book form, I apply a contemporary perspective to the nearly forty-year-old photographs. It is a new body of work that lives at the intersections of my past encounters, my engagement with the medium, and the viewers’ observations as seen through a prism of time. It is a cultural and historical record of a diverse and robust neighborhood and community that has been radically altered through waves of gentrification. "

The photography of Tria Giovan (born 1961, raised in the Caribbean) has been defined by in- depth, timely, and thoughtful subject exploration that intertwines the personal and the observational. A documentarian with archival intentions, she is the author of Cuba: The Elusive Island (1996), Sand Sea Sky (2012), The Cuba Archive (2017) and Loisaida (2023). Exhibited in the US and internationally, her photographs are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, the Parrish Art Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the New York Public Library. Her work has appeared in Aperture, Architectural Digest, Harpers, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, The Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, and in many other publications.

Press

Loisaida, published by Damiani. Price (£45 + P+P). If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, then please order through this link

prints Available to purchase

  • Barreto’s on Stanton Street, 1987
  • Fire Escape Viewing on Stanton Street, 1990
  • Corner of Clinton and Stanton Streets, 1989
  • My Fire Escape View 01 on Stanton Street, 1986
  • Bus Stop on Clinton Street, 1984
  • Flowered Dress on Essex Street, 1986
  • Bridge Traffic on Delancey Street, 1986
  • Video Game Arcade, 1988
  • Wrestling Match on Clinton Street, 1990
  • Cats on the Sidewalk, 1984
  • Pink Sandals on Clinton Street, 1986
  • Former Public Baths on Allen Street, 1990
  • Bodega on Clinton Street, 1985
  • Stanton Street View With Cars, 1987
  • Crosswalk on Delancey Street, 1988
  • Fifty Cents on Delancey Street, 1985
  • Car Repair on Stanton Street, 1987
  • Diner Window, 1989
  • Plastic Cups With Foil, 1986
  • Balloons on Delancey Street, 1986
  • Boy With Action Figures, 1984
  • Street Mechanic on Rivington Street, 1990
  • View From 29 Clinton Street, 1989
  • Lunch on Norfolk Street, 1990
  • Open Car Door on Eldridge Street, 1987
  • School Yard on Stanton Street, 1986
  • Norman Cohen’s on Stanton Street, 1990
  • Shapiro’s Entrance on Rivington Street, 1984
  • Garden of Eden on Eldridge Street, 1986
  • Children on Clinton Street, 1986
Ellie Davies, Seascape 7, 2020

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Ellie Davies, Seascape 8, 2020

90 cm x 120 cm, Edition 1/7
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Ellie Davies, Seascape 9, 2020

90 cm x 120 cm, Edition 1/7
Prices starting at £1,200 exc VAT

Also available as:
68 cm x 90 cm, Edition 1/7
Prices starting at £900 exc VAT