One doesn’t need to know the background of the portraits at Fredric Snitzer Gallery to grasp their power. These photographs are immediately and aggressively captivating, in-your-face so. They are also skillfully and beautifully done. There’s real burgeoning talent in Zack Balber, the young artist behind the lens.
Back to the portraits. They are of mostly young, shirtless men, snapped from the waist up, staring straight into the camera. Some are toned, worked-out bodies, others overweight with rolls. But most dramatically, they are all, with one exception, covered in detailed, amazing tattoos and wearing a kippah, the Jewish skullcap.
It’s here that a backstory from the artist can change the perception of these images.