‘Praying for Money’ is a Giclée print by contemporary photographer David Pexton. Printed onto 300gsm Minuet Paper, the print is from a limited edition of 50 and is signed and numbered by the artist.
British-born, and now Brooklyn-based, contemporary photographer David Pexton is a master of the lens. His ardent passion for the city that never sleeps is infectious: roaming the metropolis, Pexton is able to capture every tiny detail of the urban space, or express the character of a passer-by in even the smallest gestural expression.
With an exceptional eye for colour and composition, Pexton’s work - which incorporates 35mm, Medium Format and Instant film - really packs a punch.
‘Praying for Money’ brings together aesthetic prowess with political intent: on the wide streets of Manhattan, flanked by the modernist monuments to capitalist ambition, a desperate homeless figure spreads himself across the pavement, as if in a position of religious devotion.
As he extends a plastic pot for spare change into the street, hordes of people pass by without even a glance. Shot in black and white, with a slight sun-haze, the print is at once beautiful and filled with sadness: a powerful reminder of the underside of New York’s shiny appeal.