Bio

Phil & his grandmother on deck of SS United States, 1952/2002

Self portrait with my grandmother on the deck of the S.S. United States, 1952 – 1999

Sometimes I feel like a time traveler visiting the past and returning with a piece of endangered history.

I’ve been trying to bring some of the past back into the present for over forty years, ever since rowing out to then-abandoned Ellis Island in 1974 when I was a senior in high school to make a 16mm film with my friend Steve Siegel. Exploring New York’s ruins was the closest thing to the frontier, and at the time New York had a lot of them.

I’ve since photographed dozens of abandoned places around the world, returning to many to capture the changes. Many, like Greystone Park Hospital, have since been demolished; some, like Ellis Island and the High Line, have been restored, and some, like the S.S. United States and the New York State Pavilion, are now in jeopardy.

It’s difficult to gain official access to these sites – liability concerns usually overrides and historic interest. But I’m inspired by one of Woody Guthrie’s verses for “This Land Is Your Land” that’s less well known:

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

         SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 (un)thinkable, Lower East SIde, New York CIty
2016 Gold Star Families, eyewash Projects at PACA, Erie, PA
2016 Wardy Forty: Woody’s Story Continues, The Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2015 Say Their Names, Black Lives Matter, Times Square, New York
2014 Wardy Forty, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood, Queens

         GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Foto Booth, 319W2 project, Erie, PA
2017 The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, The City Reliquary, Brooklyn, NY
2017 American Trilogy, Spring/Break Art Show, New York City
2016 Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, The City Reliquary, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2016 Seeking Space | Bushwick Open Studios, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Bushwick, Brooklyn
2016 Pavilion Futures: The New York State Pavilion Futures Competition, The Queens Museum, Queens, NY
2016 Beyond Ruins Porn, Front Room Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2015 Inside Ferguson, Williamsburg Charter High School, Brooklyn
2015 Paper Jam: Exploring Visual Strategies for Social Concern, Eyewash at Schema Projects, Brooklyn
2015 Color Me Bushwick, Pickthorn, Brooklyn
2014 The Real Indies: Visions of New York, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Theater, New York, NY
2014 Wardy Forty, Center for Creativity, Tulsa College, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2013 Bound for Glory, Hurdy Gurdie Folk Music Club, Fairlawn, NJ
2012 Cerebral Spirits, William Patterson University Galleries, Wayne, NJ
2012 Modern Ruins: S.S. United States, Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012 Echo Park Tribute to Woody Guthrie, The Trailer Trash Project, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Geo-Loco: The Reimagined Landscape, Outpost Resources, Ridgewood, Queens, NY
2011 Experts and Oddities, Flux Factory, Long Island City, Queens, NY
2010 Ready to Unveil, City without Walls, Newark, NJ
2009 Neuroculture, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
2009 Westinghouse Project, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
2008 Brainwave: Common Senses, Exit Art, New York
2007 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia
2006 Off the Record, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Public Art Commission Finalist
2005 Wide Open Spaces, P.S.1/MoMA, New York
2005 Young Filmmakers Rediscovered: 1964-1974, Tribeca Film Festival
2005 Weird NJ: The Exhibition, Curator, HERE Art Center, New York
2004 AIM 24, Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY
2003 Ars Subterranea, Atlantic Avenue Tunnel, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Wardy Forty: Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
2002 Inside Outside, June Bateman Gallery, New York City
2002 The Thunderbolt: Nostalgia and Decay, Coney Island, NY
2001 The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY
2001 Here is New York, New York City
2000 FakeSpace, HERE Arts Center, New York City
2000 8th Annual Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
1999 Apocalypse 1999, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
1999 The American Living Room Exhibition, HERE Art Center, New York City
1999 Media Buy, Art in General, New York City
1999 Photowork ’99, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, Howard Greenburg Curator

         PRESS

2017 Hyperallergic, Allison Meier, “Revisiting Cold War Ruins in an Age of Nuclear Dread,” September 19, 2017
2017 Gothamist, Jen Carlson, “The Story Behind this Perfectly Post-Apocalyptic 1980s NYC Footage,” May 2, 2017
2017 Ocula, Robert Ayers, “Armory Week 2017: The Satellite Fairs,” March 9, 2017
2017 Bedford and Bowery, Nicole Disser, “Best of Spring Break,” March 8. 2017
2017 Art NewsMaximiliano Durón, “A Tour of the 2017 Spring/Break Art Show,” March 3, 2017
2017 Blouin Art Info, Juliet Helmke, “Six Rooms Not to Miss at Spring Break,” March 3, 2017
2017 Bushwick Daily, Daniel Kessel, “Bushwick-Based Artist Reframes Art + Activism with Walk-in Panoramas of Ferguson,” March 2, 2017
2017 Art F City, Emily Collucci, “State of the Union at Spring/Break,”  March 2, 2017
201 7Whitewall, Desiree Mitton, “Spring/Break Art Takes over Times Square Office Building,” March 1, 2017
2017 
The Art Newspaper, Sarah Hanson, Gabriella Angeles, Dan Duray, “Spring Awakening? A Shake-up for NYC’s Fairs,” Feb. 28, 2017
2016 Your Erie / WJET-TV, Jacklyn Seymour, “Gold Star Families Cyclorama Comes to Erie,” October 29, 2016
2016 Erie Times-NewsLindsey Poisson, “Gold Star Families walk-in Panorama on Display at PACA,” October 27, 2016
2016 Erie Reader, Tracy Geibel, “Photo Installation Moves Viewer to Khan Gravestone October 26, 2016″
2016 Hyperallergic, Allison Meier, “Quiet and Haunting Photographs of Our Modern Ruins,” February 12, 2016
2016 Wall Street Journal, William Meyers, “Where Art Lies in Ruins and in the Streets,” January 22, 2016
2015 American Photo Magazine, Jeanette D. Moses,
2015     “Beyond Ruins Porn Explores the Cultural Significance of Photographing Abandoned Spaces,” January 11, 2016
2015 Bushwick Daily, Katie Killary, “A Resolute Set: 12 Shows to Kick Off 2016,” January 7, 2016
2015 Revolution Newspaper, Alan Goodman, “Interview with the Artist: Inside Ferguson,” July 27, 2016
2015 Bushwick Daily, Katarina Hybernova, “Bushwick Open Studios Guide, 2015,” June 2, 2015
2014 The Photoblographer, Chris Gampat, “New York City’s Lost Subway Cars,” June 20, 2014
2015 Hyperallergic, Allison Meier, “The Vanishing of America’s Historic Mental Asylums,” May 6, 2015
2014 New York Times,,Dan Hurley, “Preservationists Fight to Save a Former Asylum in New Jersey,”  April 3, 2014
2014 artnetSutton, Benjamin, “Insider’s Guide to Bushwick Open Studios, 2014,” May 29, 2014
2014 Rutgers Magazine, Christopher Hahn, “Desolation Row,” Spring 2014
2014 Photo District NewsPDN Photo Annual 2014, June 2014
2014 Atlas ObscuraAllison Meyer, “A Photographer Finds the Ghost of Woody Guthrie in an Abandoned Asylum,” April 3, 2014
2014 Tulsa PeopleJessica Brogan, “Echoes of Grandeur,” April 2014
2014 Left Bank Art Blog, Charles Kessler, “Phillip Buehler, Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty, Valentine Gallery,” April 2014
2014 The Great Grey Bridge, Philip Turner, “Remembering Woody Guthrie’s Sad Convalesence at Greystone Hospital,” March 23, 2014
2014 BookTribTye Pemberton, T“Woody Guthrie in Ruins, the sad fate of the grandfather of American song,” March 12, 2014
2014 The Wall Street Journal, Joel Henning, “The Guthrie Spirit Lives On,” February 19, 2014
2014 American Photo, Jack Crager, “Rethinking the Photo Book,” March/April, 2014
2014 NJTV, Susan Wallner, “Guthrie at Greystone,” January 26, 2014
2014 The Star Ledger, Ben Horowitz, “Woody Guthrie’s daughter wants to preserve Greystone, her dad’s old home,” January 26, 2014
2014 The Daily RecordWilliam Westhoven, “Greystone – Woody Guthrie Connection in Spotlight,” January 265, 2014
2014 The Asbury Park PressBiese, Alex, “Folk legend Woody Guthrie NJ History Explored in New Book,” January 17, 2014
2014 The Wall Street JournalKaya Laterman, “Fate of Parsippany Hospital Debated,” January 9, 2014
2014 The New York Post, Billy Heller, “This Week’s Must Read Books,” January 1, 2014
2013 Al Jazeera AmericaDobrzynski, Judith H., “The Lost Years of Woody Guthrie: The Singer’s Life in Greystone Hospital,”Jan. 12, 2013
2013 No DepressionDouglas Heselgrave, “Nora Guthrie on Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty,” December 10, 2013
2013 The Daily RecordWilliam Westhoven, “Guthrie at Wardy Forty,”  November 25, 2013
2013 The Guardian, AM Homes, “Writers and Critics on the Best Books of 2013,” November 23, 2013
2012 Huffington Post, Lisa Paul Streitfeld, “(R)EVOLUTION at TEDXChelsea: A Timely Vehicle to the Paradigm Shift,” June 11, 2012
2011 The New York TimesSarah Maslin Nir, “Fixations in Abundance,” January 6, 2011
2010 Lemon HoundDerek Beaulieu, “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy,” November 12, 2010
2009 London GuardianAlison Flood, “Stephen King fan publishes Shining’s Jack Torrance’s novel,” Jan. 7, 2009
2008 The Daily NewarkerZemin Zang, “Who Killed Westinghouse, and Me?” October, 2008
2008 Art in AmericaElenor Heartney, “Mind and Matter,” April, 2008
2008 We Make Money Not ArtRégine Debatty, “Brainwave: Common Senses,” March 26, 2008
2008 NY1 NewsStephanie Simon, “Art Aficionados Think about Thinking,” March 10, 2008
2007 Popular Photography, Neal Matthews, “Adventures in the Forbidden Zone,” March, 2007
2006 Daily NewsJR Taylor, “Folk Hero,” March 23, 2006
2006 Beautiful DecayKris Monroe, “Call Me Modern Ruins,” Issue N, 2006
2005 The Star Ledger, Peter Genovese, “The Art and Soul of Jersey,” February 23, 2005
2005 The New York TimesPeter Applebome, “Our Town: Bowling Balls, Cars, a Boat, On and On,” February 16, 2005
2005 New York TimesJessica Bruder, “Weird NJ,” February 6, 2005
2005 Herald NewsHeather Kays, “Weird Art,” January 23, 2005
2005 New York SunGary Shapiro, “Just How Weird Is New Jersey?” January 18, 2005
2004 ArtNexusHerzberg, Julia P. “AIM: Artists in the Marketplace,” No. 54, Vol. 3, 2004
2004 New York TimesBenjamin Genocchio, “A Chance to Fill Up on Visual Treats,” April 25, 2004
2003 New York MagazineSean Kennedy, “Survey Course,” Oct. 27, 2003
2003 New York TimesMargo Nash, “Memories of Woody Guthrie,” Feb. 9, 2003
2003 Newark Star Ledger, Dan Bischoff, “Of Jersey Ruins and Woody Guthrie,” Jan. 17, 2003
2002 Journal of Performance and ArtNuit Banai, ”Shifting Sites: The Brewster Project and the Plight of Place,” Vol. 24.3, Sept. 2002
1998 New York TimesJason Chervokas, “Digital Monuments to the Urban Past,” Mar. 1, 1998

         BOOKS

2017 (UN)THINKABLE, Phillip Buehler, Blurb, September, 2017
2013 Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: Greystone Park Hospital Revisited, Phillip Buehler, Woody Guthrie Publications, November, 2013
2013 Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty: The Interviews, Phillip Buehler, Woody Guthrie Publications, November, 2013
2009 Westinghouse Ruins: The Life of an American Factory, Christopher Buehler and Phillip Buehler, Blurb, December, 2008
2008 All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy, Phillip Buehler, Blurb, December, 2008

         PUBLICATIONS

2015 City JournalSummer, 2015, “Soundings”
2014 Weird New Jersey, Issue 42, 2014, “The Making of Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty”
2010 Lost MagazinePhillip Buehler, “Lost Meals,” Issue 39, 2010
2007 Street World: Urban Culture and Art from Five Continents, Gastman, Neelon and Smyrski, Harry Abrams Books, NY, 2007
2006 Lost MagazinePhillip Buehler, “The Sinking of the Ferry Ellis Island,” Issue 7, 2006
2005 Weird New Jersey, Issue 24, 2005, “Ellis Island Revisited”
2003 (t)here, April 2003, “Reverberations of Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park”
2003 Weird New Jersey, Issue 20, 2003, “Wardy Forty”
2003 Oeste, February 2003, “Street Fossils”
2002 Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, Peress, Shulan, Traub, George, Scalo Publishers, Zurich, 2002

         CURATING

2012 TEDxChelsea: The True Value of Art Is More than What You Pay for ItFounder & Organizer, School of Visual Arts, New York
2005 Weird NJ: The Exhibition, Curator, HERE Art Center, New York

         FILM | VIDEO | THEATER

2015 Coney Island Film Festival, Official Selection, New York, NY
2008 S.S. United States: Lady in Waiting, Radler, Robert, PBS documentary, Spring 2008
2005 This Machine Kills Fascists, Gamond, Stephen, documentary on Woody Guthrie, 2005
2003 ArtSurvey.net, Collaboration with Jennifer Dalton, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY, 2003
2001 Dead Tech, visuals/video for a theatrical performance, Here Arts Center, NY, 2001

         AWARDS

2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Winner, Photography
2013 
PDN Annual Photo Book Winner
2013 
Best Books of 2013, The Guardian
2009 Number 1 Best Seller, Blurb.com
2004 Artist in the Marketplace program, The Bronx Museum of Arts
1997 Yahoo! Cool Site, for Modern-Ruins.com

         AFFILIATIONS

2017 Radio Free Brooklyn, Bushwick, Brooklyn, Board Member, 2017-
2016 Momenta Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn, Board Member, 2011-2016
2012 TEDxChelseaFounder/Organizer, Chelsea, New York
2013 HERE Arts Center, New York, Board Member, 2001-2013

         EDUCATION

2003 Master of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Photography and Mixed Media, New York
__ __ Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University, Mathematics/Art, New Brunswick, NJ