n°145/ Halaban's Windows

November 2014


by Nathalie Azoulai


Windows have always been appealing to art. Since 17th century Dutch painter Peter de Hooch started to set open doors within open doors, viewers have always been keen on gazing at hidden privacies and breaking in domestic intimacy. With series such as Out My Window and Paris Views, American photographer Gail Albert Halaban goes on with the tension between public and private life, except that she leaves ground floors to climb up high-storied windows. She shoots people at home, from the inside or the outside, and acknowledges the idea that we are all hopeless voyeurist gazers.


 Gail Albert Halaban

 Pieter de Hooch