"From Roof to Table" Urban Agriculture in NYC

The 2011 Photo Urbanism fellowship was awarded to Rob Stephenson for his project “From Roof to Table,” where he documented over 100 urban farms and gardens in NYC.

A fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, Rob’s interest in the presence of wilderness in cities, and the tension between natural and built environments, is what drives much of his work. For his Photo Urbanism fellowship, Rob spent a year visiting over one hundred urban farms and gardens throughout the five boroughs of New York City. His resulting photographs informed and supported our Five Borough Farm project and were prominently featured in the project publication and website.

Program support provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The "From Roof to Table" exhibition was on display January 9, 2013 - February 2, 2013 at Camera Club of NY

Rob Stephenson

2011-2012: From Roof to Table

Rob Stephenson is a fine art photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. Rob’s work focuses on the confluence of nature and the built environment. He has worked with award-winning New York photographer Joel Meyerowitz on several book projects, including 2009’s Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. He has been selected to be part of VERDI (Vital Energy Resources Documentary Initiative), an upcoming large-scale environmental documentary project.

Rob’s photography has been exhibited at various venues including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Jen Bekman Gallery, Lehman College Art Gallery and the Museum of the City of New York. He has also been awarded a 2013 NYFA Artist Fellowship and has been a darkroom resident at the Camera Club of New York.

Exhibition Gallery

From Roof to Table

Rob Stephenson

Artist Statement

I was amazed by the amount and diversity of food that people are able to grow in such a seemingly inhospitable environment. From stalks of corn in a Bed-Stuy lot and rooftop bee hives in the shadow of the Chrysler building to watermelons and tanks of tilapia in Far Rockaway, Queens, everything that can be grown in the city is being grown.

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