Claire Nitze is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She studied photography at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, as well as at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Her large format, abstract pieces have been placed in private collections; design showrooms; corporate lobbies; and residential developments. Her work has shown at Filtro Foto Gallery in Miami as a featured artist for Art Basel and Art Miami; West Two Gallery in London; and Davis Waldron Gallery in Atlanta.
Claire grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
On a basic, primary level, these photographs are about color and line, shadow and structure. They capture unremarkable scenes, in a sense — walls, sidewalks, imperfections — but for me, the straightforward simplicity of the images is their strength.
The project also opens a window onto a changing city, one desperate to be noticed and desired. When I first photographed Miami in 2003, I was struck by the flair and speed of the place, the glitz and the shine that defined it. But in the older, poorer neighborhoods at the edges of all that, I saw something that seemed closer to its true soul: nameless, vacant buildings painted bright, arresting colors along blocks of empty warehouses and tenements. The real beauty in these images comes from the spirit that makes someone bother with paint when plain concrete would do.
These photographs were shot in Wynwood, Little Haiti, and Overtown in 2004 and 2005. The streets were empty, quiet, gritty, and beautiful. In the years since, these buildings and sidewalks have been cleaned up or simply replaced.
Miami continues to work hard to make itself new, but what you see here came first.