Over the Door (1990–1993)
A photographic study of the ornamental stonework on New York City's late 19th-century brownstones and tenements with a particular emphasis on the faces, heads and busts adorning the keystones of arches over entrance doorways. Book published in 1995 by Princeton Architectural Press.
Platinum and gold-toned P.O.P contact prints, 5" x 7"; also printed as 10" x 14" platinum prints.
"The photographs in 'Over the Door' are indisputably John Yang's — closely observed, contemplative, eloquent, and outside of time and space. Here, carved in an indeterminate past, are expressions of New York's most anachronistic yearnings, and Yang's detailed attention renders them at once achingly familiar and exceedingly strange." — Andy Grunberg