Tommy Mintz 

I am a NYC-based artist. My work draws upon the aesthetics of street photography, digital culture, mapping and performace.  My most recent work is the Automated Digital Photo Collage, an interactive installation built using Python code, a Rasperry Pi computer and camera, that creates time-lapse aggregations of the viewer in real-time. I'm a member of the Institute for Wishful Thinking, a loose collective of artists whose work focuses on social issues. An ongoing collection of my street photography is called Cheap Shots.

La Sagrada Familia, Digital Photo Collage, 1999

La Sagrada Familia, Digital Photo Collage, 1999

Work for Sale

All work on this site was created by me in the last 20+ years working as an artist. I have sold hundreds of works and would be happy if you decided to become a collector.

My email address is tommy@tommymintz.com

Comissions

I am available for commissioned work, both photographing events and creating collages. Please email me for rates and references. 

Tommy Sweeping, 2004

Tommy Sweeping, 2004

Artist Statement on Digital Photo Collages

Written 1999, Revised 2001

Visual perception and memory are not fluid.
Instead, our perceptions are of static moments linked closely 
to create the illusion of smooth motion.
We normally observe in quick glances.
The eye moves jerkily. Sight is smoothed by the brain.
The longer that a visual perception is in memory, parts fade, 
and the more evident it becomes that it is only a composition
of distinct static impressions. 
Some impressions remain in our memory while others disappear.
The impressions that stay in memory, 
ephemeral arrangements of one's surroundings, are arbitrary.
Our sense of self is based on these impressions.
Our actions are dictated by past observations - experiences, actions and their effect.
Our observations are who we are.
We are creatures of memory. 

Today we are besieged by repetitive exposure to simple images in the media.
The memory of our own observations can be overwhelmed by the media's onslaught.
Our memory, and sense of self has been numbed by this. 
I work to reenforce my sense of being by creating images of observation.
I hope to help others notice and remember more
than the images media throws at them.
Look around and observe, notice that each moment is different.

In my work I question the idea of permanent occupation of space and time.
When we move through our environment we have subjective perceptions,
constantly changing perspectives and views
of our surroundings and those who share our space. 
Observe, all things are relative, and as one moves, things change.
We all know this on an instinctive level. Notice it.

I shoot multiple images of my surroundings and combine them to create single
images that encompass multiple moments, observations of the ephemeral in everyday,
memories of being.