Marriage Bureau

Victor Helfand


Helfand was inspired to visit the Manhattan Marriage Bureau after a friend related the story of her own wedding: While I waited for the justice of the peace, a gay couple in tuxedo and wedding gown emerged from the chapel. This series documents non-traditional weddings; diverse cultural, economic, and social backgrounds blend in the bureaus institutional setting. This project ended abruptly when Helfand was escorted out by a police officer.

Curated by Lorne Fromer