Lyle Owerko spent two years in Northern Mongolia immersed in the culture of falconry, the ancient and otherwise closed communities that rely on the world’s most dangerous birds of prey. His new series Eagle Hunters depicts their surreal beauty against the raw Mongolian landscape.
On exhibit at Joseph Gross Gallery, the series reflects the evolution of the work of the Calgary-born, New York-based photojournalist and filmmaker. He is best known for the iconic photograph of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11.
As a photojournalist, Owerko has spent years documenting insular cultures and the current show includes a selection from his Boombox project, covering the influential role of the boombox in the hip-hop and punk movements in the 1970s and 80s.
Owerko’s editorial and fine art projects take the globe-trotting artist to Africa, Tokyo and Central America. His 9/11 photos included the heart-wrenching shots of bodies falling from the twin towers. His film credits include music videos for Rufus Wainwright and commercial spots with Robert Redford for The Sundance Channel.
Lyle Owerko’s website, here.