THE NEW YORK HARBOR LIGHTHOUSES Of the thirty nine lighthouses that originally protected New York Harbor, a significant number remain standing. Seven examples of New York Harbor lighthouses are shown at in the LIGHTHOUSES portfolio. Lighthouses lit the way in the first half of the 19th Century when there was a rise in ship-borne commerce to New York Harbor.

They represented the growth of shipping to and from the Port of New York via routes northeast of the city, where the Long Island Sound meets the East River. Ships approaching New York City from the North Atlantic commonly took advantage of the relatively protected waters of the Sound, where the lights led the way not only to New York, but to the coasts of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

While first to weather a storm lighthouses stand as proud sentries to harbor entrances worldwide.

These photographs are presented by using a combination of emulsion transfer technique, photogram, and gold or silver gilding to represent wind, weather and light.

Margaret Casella

LIGHTHOUSE series Press
“Casella evokes the feeling of weather and of passing time by transferring images of lighthouses onto watercolor paper. Using photograms, and often gold and silver leaf, she gives luster to her images and creates a dreamscape of them.”

Dallas Murphy for Photo District News

“Margaret Casella has put a twist on her photographs of lighthouses and, at the same time, her work has brought her in closer contact with their historical significance”. Six images featured.

“New Views of Old Friends Along the Seashore”.
Stewart Kampel for The New York Times, June 9, 1996

“In ‘Of Land and Sea’, Margaret Casella’s iris digital prints and photographic emulsions printed on watercolor paper are views of lighthouses, usually distorted or fractured so that the resolute structures are suddenly Cubist, or soft, a la Claes Oldenburg.”

“Of Land and Sea”, Elaine Benson Gallery exhibit.


“Margaret Casella’s process enhances the visual reference to 17th Century still-life tradition, already implied by the strong chiaroscuro. Along with the slightly faded color, it also adds a patina of age, which points up the ephemerality of flesh and bloom, and the inevitable process of decay that’s shared by all things organic.”Welker, J. M., review for Elaine Benson Gallery, exhibit, “The Message is the Medium.” Newsday 30 Aug. 1995. Print.

“Black & white photographs taken by Margaret Casella reveal the fine details of root crops, like the image of a dandelion shown below.”

Delbanco, Andrea. Review of The Webster Gallery exhibit at The Horticultural Society of New York. The New York Times, City Section, October 2000. Print.

PAPER series

“Papering the walls: There is an artistic ‘PAPER TRAIL’ in GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL…by Margaret Casella leads from the main concourse to the Lexington Avenue entrance: A display of photos of paper, folded, bent and curved with light and shade playing on their many forms.”

Dan Brucker for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Arts for Transit program, New York City