Jay Fine: A Respected Gallery Artist in New York City
In the fall of 2021, MTA Arts for Transit installed a photographic exhibit titled “Edge of Manhattan” at the Bowling Green 4/5 Station featuring the work of Jay Fine, a gallery artist in New York City who focuses his lens on the scenes and sights of Lower Manhattan. “Taking advantage of a high-rise vantage point, he captures the shifting light and weather in New York Harbor. Fine showcase the sights of the water’s edge, from a marching band on a pier to a solitary walk along a cove, fireboats breaking up ice floes, and the Staten Island Ferry emerging from a wall of clouds.”
In 2003, Mr. Fine moved to Battery Park City, where he started an ongoing project to document his local surroundings. Perched 40 stories above the city, he found drama and news simply by looking out his window. Everything from the errant use of Air Force One (Photo Op 2009) to dramatic electrical storms (NY Harbor 9/22/10) to the terrifying echo of a mushroom cloud (Bayonne, NJ Monday Morning) has been fodder for his camera.
Fine focuses on the everyday comings and goings of NY Harbor, recording the dramatic weather and sublime beauty before him. On every anniversary of 9/11, he turns his lens to the sky to capture the glowing memorial lights as they rise into the clouds. Whether he’s photographing from the street or shooting aerial landscapes from his window, Fine’s goal has always been to capture the changing environment of Lower Manhattan after the events of 9/11.
Jay Fine’s images have appeared on television and in magazines, websites, and newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, New York Daily News, BBC, The Guardian, The Sun, Popular Photography Magazine, ShortList Magazine, The Daily Mirror, La Stampa (Italy), Aftenposten (Norway), La Repubblica (Italy), and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Fine’s photo of NY Harbor (9/22/10) even appears in the August 2011 issue of National Geographic.
Jay Fine is a Manhattan-based photographer, media executive, and entrepreneur. As a photographer with four decades of experience, his work focuses on the places and people of Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor, and Battery Park City.
Fine spent more than 25 years working for technology and media companies, ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500s. He began his career at NBC, where he spent 20 years in a variety of positions, including senior vice president of operations and planning for NBC news. He’s also a former senior NBC and CBS executive, the former president and CEO of Steiner Studios, and the co-founder of two technology companies.
Starting in 2002, Fine led the development of Steiner Studios, a $100 million, state-of-the-art television and film complex located on 15 acres in New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard. Prior to joining Steiner Studios, he served as the managing director at National TeleConsultants (NTC) in Los Angeles. NTC—one of the country’s largest independent design, engineering, and systems integration firms for media organizations—designed and constructed large-scale projects throughout the world.
From 1993 to 1998, Fine served as the senior vice president and general manager of east coast operations for the CBS Television Network. In this role, he headed one of the country’s largest television production operations.
Fine is a member of the Board of Poets and Writers, the nation’s largest literary nonprofit organization. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the New York City Investment Fund’s Media Sector Board.