Maritime Art: Shuli Hallak’s “Cargo”

Regular Sea-Fever readers know I’m a sucker for maritime art and Shuli Hallak’s work first caught my eye in a recent NY Times Sunday Magazine editorial. One of her photographs (below) was used in They Way We Live Now column which was entitled Tariff to Nowhere.


So I was pleasantly surprised to run across even more of her work again today in a Moco Loco, The Modern & Contemporary Design Blog post.


Hallak was identified by PDN (Photo District News) as one of 30 “new and emerging photographers to watch” in 2007.  Moti Hasson Gallery in New York City is currently exhibiting “Cargo” (May 8 – June 29, 2008). From their website:

Shuli Hallak’s recent photographs document cargo in its state of transit between production and consumption. Almost every manufactured product humans consume spends time in a shipping container, yet consumers remain largely unaware of the process by which goods are actually transported. Hallak describes a cargo ship as a “sublime, moving city” and finds beauty in the fundamental necessity of the shipping industry, in the romance of travel over sea, and in the raw, precise, purely functional architecture of ports. In “Cargo,” Hallak unveils an essential stage in the delivery of goods from manufacturer to consumer and invites viewers to share in her process of discovery and in her fascination with what she finds.


I love Hallak’s art; the beauty and magic of it and the ideas behind it.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

2 thoughts on “Maritime Art: Shuli Hallak’s “Cargo””

  1. i actually noticed the photo that accompanied the tariff to nowhere article on sunday, and didn’t give it a second glance. thanks for calling my attention to hallak’s work. also, the schooner groundings post was interesting/disturbing. cheers

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