We Buy Gold!
The pictures in "We Buy Gold!" were made in New York City's Diamond District during September’s high holidays, when Jewish-owned businesses lock their doors and remove jewelry from the display windows for several days. What remain are rows of velvet-covered neck easels and finger arrangements, devoid of their normal ornaments. The imprints of missing items are visible in the plush window displays, and smudges of fingerprints and swooping graffiti marks are etched into the window glass. Unadorned of their normal opulence and set on top of shelves in colors evocative of royalty, the neck busts are reduced to their naked forms, inadvertently transformed into still lifes, suede micro metropolises vacant of citizens, and surreal window displays reminiscent of early 20th century Paris.