| Oct 25, 2010 |
Top interior designers curate photos from NY Times archive
By Staff

The New York Times Store has released thousands of images from its archive—some never seen before by the general public—and has tapped five top interior designers to delve into the collection and select images that best express their personal ideas about photography as an integral element of interior design.

Vicente Wolf, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Laura Kirar and Thom Filicia have each chosen 10 pictures, both famous and obscure, from the photo archive, which may be viewed at NYTStore.com. From scenes of contemporary life to world-famous images from the past, the designers’ collections highlight photographic treasures and a special artistic view on how photographs can enrich décor.

Leopard People, 1966. Photo by Larry C. Morris/The New York Times

Jonathan Adler turned his eye to high humor in high society, choosing a Times image of a couple wearing leopard masks, plus leash, at a party. “I like to look at pictures of glamorous people having fun in kooky outfits and then when I get too carried away I like to remind myself of where I came from – hence the Jersey turnpike picture,” Says Adler.

Guggenheim Interior, 2005. Photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

“My selection of photos is a mix of different eras, styles and subjects. This is very similar to my work. The mix makes things interesting,” said Wearstler, who chose “Guggenheim Interior,” a 2005 photograph by Tony Cenicola that captures the stunning geometry of the iconic museum’s galleries.

Arches in the Snow, 2008. Photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Vicente Wolf selected “Human Projectiles,” a 1930s image by an unknown photographer of two daredevils flying through a cloud of smoke after being shot out of a cannon.

Me & My Human, 2004. Photo by Vincent Laforet /The New York Times

Thom Filicia was drawn to the verdant expanse of New York’s Bryant Park in a 2002 picture by Vincent Laforet, whose aerial photo captures the lawn dotted with dozens of sun-seekers stretched out on towels, blankets and chairs.

Balloon Race, Beechy Winner - 1908. Photo from Museum of the City of New York, The Byron Collection

Laura Kirar picked a whimsical 1902 photograph titled, “Keith’s Bicycle Track,” by an unknown photographer depicting cyclists performing inside a cone-shaped bicycle track on the stage of Keith's Union Square Theatre in New York.

The designers have selected special mats and premium frames – in pewter, ornate wood and gold trim -- to compliment their respective collections. Hundreds of additional images from The Times archive will become available for purchase today.

Each image is available in a range of sizes (11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”), framed and unframed. Special premium frames and mats have been selected by the designers to compliment their respective collections. Prices for the exhibition-quality photographs start at $199.

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