City without People

Photographs by Giles Ashford

September 16, 2020 - November 16, 2020

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is proud to announce the relaunch of the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Gallery with its first exhibition, a journey through some of Manhattan’s most iconic public spaces devoid of people.

Captured by architectural photographer Giles Ashford at the height of the COVID-19 safe at home order, the images of City without People bring the viewer into areas of Manhattan that most New Yorkers might otherwise avoid or rush through. Joining Mr. Ashford on his solitary walk through once-crowded streets, plazas, and transit hubs, we see these spaces with new eyes, reminded of the spirit of community and shared experience that is integral to life in New York.

About the Artist

New York-based architectural photographer Giles Ashford is known for both his exterior and interior work, shooting directly for architects, designers, and developers.  Clean, rigid treatments and attention to detail make his images instantly identifiable.  A long-time supporter of MAS, Giles has graciously provided many photographs featured throughout the organization’s website and other materials.

For more information, visit and follow him on Instagram at @gilesashford_archphoto

Giles Ashford stands in front of Grand Central Terminal at night
May 5, 2020, the artist at Grand Central Terminal