Andrew Savulich

(1949) American


Self-taught photographer Andrew Savulich was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and has lived in New York City since 1975. Currently a staff photographer for the New York Daily News, Savulich was a freelance newspaper photographer from 1977 to 1993, having previously worked as a landscape architect, construction worker, and cabdriver. He has spent the last two decades covering the news in New York City, from tree-lighting ceremonies and races to the top of the Empire State Building, to suicide attempts and tragic car accidents. Savulich's work has been published in Spy, The Independent (UK), Tempo, Photonews, and Artforum, and in 1986 he was awarded a National Endowment of Arts Fellowship. In 1994, Savulich's photographs were included in ICP's New Documentarians series of exhibitions. His work has also been exhibited at the Photographer's Gallery, London and the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other institutions.
Savulich's pictures present New York City--its violence, its extremes, its disasters, its curiosities--with a dry irony and a visual punch that distinguish them from ordinary news photographs. Like his predecessor Weegee, Savulich listens to police communications channels to find out where news is happening and arrives on the scene to photograph his subjects quickly. His use of pithy, handwritten captions and pairings of seemingly unrelated images add a personal touch of absurdist humor to his work.
Cynthia Fredette
Handy et al. Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection, New York: Bulfinch Press in association with the International Center of Photography, 1999, p. 227.
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