Shadow of Freud: The Offices of Psychoanalysts

Dr. Mark Gerald, a 64-year-old psychoanalyst with a practice on the Upper West Side, began to be fascinated by the interior decoration choices in the offices of other analysts. He explored these spaces through photography and, to date, has photographed 55 analysts in their offices. These images have been collected in an exhibition titled, “In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch: Photographic Portraits of Psychoanalysts in Their Offices.”

Psychoanalyst and photographer Dr. Mark Gerald writes of his project, "I have photographed portraits of more than fifty psychoanalysts in New York City, its suburbs, San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mexico City, London, Paris, Athens and Buenos Aires. The black and white and color prints include close-up shots and wider angle views. The subjects range from eminent leaders in the field to candidates at training institutes. The oldest subject was ninety-one years old and the youngest was thirty-two. The cultural, racial, gender, sexual and theoretical orientations of the analysts show the growing diversity of the profession today."

1 Anni Bergman, 224 West 20th Street
2 Martin Bergmann, Carnegie Hill
3 Luis Feder, Ph.D., Mexico City
4 Darlene Ehrenberg, Ph.D., Upper East Side

“In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch: Photographic Portraits of Psychoanalysts in Their Offices,” at Iptar West, the offices of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at 140 West 97th Street runs through April 1.

Via: Diana Muse.

(Images: Mark Gerald)