The life of a city is revealed through its windows. All human life is there, and a poetic slice of it has been captured by Gail Albert Halaban's ever-observant camera. Her photos in Out Of My Window (powerHouse Books, $50) are revelatory and yet somehow melancholy as the figures appear silent, and often alone.

In a week where the lights went off in skyscrapers all over Manhattan, and people either left or sat, candlelit, in their apartments, these images have an increased poignancy.

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  • Chelsea, Manhattan, West 26th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue, Dance Studio, 2009

  • Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, Painting the Walls, 2010

  • Flatiron, Manhattan, Cakes and Balloons, 2009

  • Upper West Side, Manhattan, View from Lincoln Towers, Family Having Dinner, 2010

  • Chelsea, Manhattan, Bumblebee and Bottle, 2010

  • Chelsea, Manhattan, West 29th Street, Preparing for Dinner Party, 2008

  • Upper East Side, Manhattan, Lexington Avenue and 86th Street, Chandeleir and Vacancies, 2010

All photos taken out of From Out My Window by Gail Albert Halaban, published by powerHouse Books

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