Steve Pyke’s Philosophers
Posted by Elissa Curtis
In 1988, the photographer Steve Pyke, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, was asked by one of the magazines he worked for at the time to photograph the renowned British philosopher Sir A. J. Ayer, considered the heir apparent to Bertrand Russell. Ayer made quite an impression: by 1991, Pyke had produced a series of seventy-eight philosopher portraits, a body of work published two years later as his first volume in the genre.
This evening, Pyke unveils the latest installment of his Philosophers work at FLOWERS Gallery in Manhattan. Among the philosophers represented are Judy Thompson, David Chalmers, Richard Rorty, and Delia Graff. When I asked Pyke what compelled him to keep returning to the subject year after year, he said: