In americas stage times square street photographer betsy karel uses five new york city blocks as a metaphor for urban america today her premise is that many of the major trends of our society are present in times square globalism consumerism ubiquitous sexualization hucksterism surveillance narcissism. As each year draws to a close americas eyes turn to times square the bustling bowtie shaped intersection in new york city between 42nd and 47th streets that serves as the setting for the iconic new years eve ball drop. In her new book americas stage times square street photographer and photojournalist betsy karel uses the five new york city blocks that make up times square as a metaphor for todays urban america. Masked musicians military tanks and batman all play parts in the daily theatre captured by betsy karel of new york citys famous intersection loved by tourists shunned by locals. In americas stage times square street photographer betsy karel born 1946 uses five new york city blocks as a metaphor for urban america today
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