For nearly a decade, Archie Bishop has been photographing shop windows in New York, to document and comment on the ways that merchandise behind plate glass becomes a player in concise but eloquent dramas. Many of these storefront scenarios communicate ideas about sexuality and gender.
These examples of his work, created in January and February 2007, are based upon windows that can currently be viewed at the Calvin Klein boutique on Madison Avenue and East 60th Street in New York City.
In Bishop's dark vision, these windows illustrate lessons given to young boys about their emerging relationship to women. The image above is entitled "Boys Worship." The one below, "Boys Kill." Eventually a collection of these pictures will appear in book form. For now, S&S readers can have a brief look at his take on the typecasting process in action.