Gary Fabiano received his Bachelor of Arts in painting from Wilkes College, in Pennsylvania, in 1989. He spent the next seven years exploring the medium of expressionistic painting. In 1995, he put down his brushes and decided he needed to make images that recorded human existence. Photography has become his vehicle. Fabiano’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications and his work from the war in Kosovo recently won the Professional Division of the 1999 Kodak Black & White Photography Contest. Based in New York City, Fabiano is an independent photographer affiliated with SIPA Press.
prop-er-ty n., 1. ownership 2. something owned 3. a characteristic or attribute
Everyone owns property. It is in our nature to collect or acquire things. Our understanding of property comes from our own reflections of what we have made important enough to obtain. To see the word “property” we quickly reflect on what we have acquired in the past and/or hope to acquire in the future.
These pictures should be viewed with the understanding that property is acquired at all levels and that wealth does not set the standard for what property is or should be.
When we come across a member of society who is without a home, our first thoughts are not of what possessions they own. These pictures aim to help the viewer look at homeless members of our community differently as we pass them on the street. A level of humanness and compassion can be “acquired” by association and assimilation. Their property—which may be less extravagant than others—is none the less property. We have many of these items in our possession. Everyone owns property.
—Gary Fabiano, spring 2000