photo of John Zubrovich

John Zubrovich

John Zubrovich was a born New Yorker, with endless love for his city. He worked at SUNY Downstate for 35 years, starting out as a medical photographer, and eventually becoming Director of New Media Services. Before this, John had a fascinating and storied career.

In the early 1980s when he attended Brooklyn College, John began to explore photography by using his neighborhood of Greenpoint as his subject. The industrial grit of the area at the time contrasted with the bright lights of Manhattan just across the East River would be a lifelong inspiration for him.

photo of John ZubrovichJohn pursued many ventures throughout college and after, from taking high school portraits and working in a photo studio on Manhattan Avenue, to photojournalism and working as a Construction photographer. Construction photography excited him, as it allowed him access to parts of New York City rarely seen by the public. Subway tunnels, bridges, control rooms, sewage treatment plants; he was fascinated by the inner workings of his beloved city.

photo of John ZubrovichThis passion for understanding and capturing the way things work carried over into his career at Downstate when he was hired as a medical photographer in 1987. John understood the importance of documenting medical procedures and using photography and digital media to promote and support burgeoning health professionals in their learning. He photographed portraits of some of Downstateʼs most notable people, such as Dr. Eli Friedman, inventor of the suitcase dialysis machine, and Dr. Robert Furchgott, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The images on display here have been selected to celebrate Johnʼs passion for photography and to share New York City through his eyes. They are the images he took while endlessly exploring and capturing his own unique vision. They are Johnʼs city, industrial, gritty and beautiful.