New Art Book: Parisians’ Private Moments


Photographer Gail Albert-Halaban likes to look into people’s windows. But not in a creepy way. In fact, when she started her Out My Window project she had no idea how much it would change her life and enrich the lives of those involved.

In 2009 she created a body of work inspired by the late nights and eerie mornings of early motherhood – all those moments spent staring into her neighbors’ windows while cradling her newborn. The resulting series similarly captured New Yorkers at home in their apartments from the point of view of a neighbor looking in. The pictures were staged, though all the subjects were photographed in their own homes, and in the process, she connected the neighbors, who meet and talk for the first time.

In 2012 Le Monde Magazine asked her to come to Paris and do her thing. Now the latest series Vis- a-Vis is on show at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York until July 10th, 2015. A book of her haunting Paris images is available from Aperture.


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  • Panda

    I like the idea of this art book looking in windows. I have been in Paris and looked across at the opposite windows across the street in the hope of seeing someone and perhaps waving although it never happened. A lovely result if neighbors actually met in the process of this book.