My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton at the United Photo Industries Gallery


One of the best exhibits at Photoville took you to the world of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON within a darkened shipping container as Josh Lehrer's amazing portraits of the stars were projected larger than life on the back wall. It was mesmerizing.

Now you have a chance to not only view the original prints, but also meet the artist at the opening of My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton at the United Photo Industries Gallery, to be unveiled on Thursday October 5, 2017, with a reception open to everyone from 6pm - 9pm. The show continues through November 22, 2017.

As described by the artist:

“I’m young, scrappy and hungry and I’m not throwing away my shot!” — Alexander Hamilton, The Musical

HAMILTON is a cast of revolutionaries. Night after night, this band of young rebels raise their voices to the darkness in an inspiring uprising of song and spirit. They are at once our history and our future, inciting rebellion and leading the way to change.

Like the revolutionaries who embraced Alexander Hamilton’s vision for a new America, the remarkable actors in these photographs embraced Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vision for a new American musical. In doing so, they upended expectations and made us see things differently.

I captured their portraits using antique cameras and lenses. To bring a richness and timeless beauty to these images, I chose to print them in classic silver gelatin, still the gold standard for black and white printing. All in an effort to echo, in a small way, what ‘Hamilton the Musical’ so brilliantly achieves in enlivening our own history in a way that makes it so relevant and present for us today.

This is a time when history is being made in ways that our forefathers could never have imagined. It celebrates and reverberates this history eight times a week in cities across America. This is MY SHOT.

—Josh Lehrer




Josh Lehrer’s photographs have appeared all over New York in galleries and exhibitions, as well as on billboards and in subway stations. Whether it is the chaos of homelessness, celebrity, propulsive success or projected sentiment; capturing the individual, their unique survival strengths, and the sudden discovery of calm in the center of personal storms drives Josh’s portraiture.

His clients are indie films, business leaders, Broadway blockbusters, screen stars and large commercial enterprises.

With an eye toward social justice, Josh created the series, “Becoming Visible,” focused on New York City’s fastest growing homeless population: transgender teenagers. In 2010, the first of these images premiered at the Robert Miller Gallery and have since appeared in galleries and museums all over the world. The series garnered the 2010 Photo Philanthropy award and was a centerpiece of Photoville in 2012.


About the United Photo Industries Gallery

The United Photo Industries gallery showcases a wide spectrum of compelling photographic work, from street photography to social documentary projects. We welcome and consider artists with streamlined series of works to present their portfolios for upcoming gallery shows during regularly announced calls for new work.

Founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented hundreds of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday, 12 – 4pm.

Location: 16 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201