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Archipelago New York is an ongoing modern day expedition: Filmmaker and photographer Thomas Halaczinsky explores New York’s vast island world by sailboat. Leaving and approaching the city on the water opened a new perspective for the artist and has become a personal journey in search of a sense of place and identity.
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The Book

“Archipelago New York”, the photographic and literary logbook of the sailboat voyage is available at  Schiffer Books now and  in book stores near you.  Click on the image to read more about the book.


“The utter originality and understated beauties of Thomas Halaczinsky’s brilliant book Archipelago make this a livre d’artiste with a difference. Halaczinsky’s cinematic vision and extraordinarily attuned sensibility miraculously weds art and science in one significant journey.”

Charles A. Riley II, PhD, Director Nassau County Museum of Art

The Film

After years of preparation, a three-part documentary about the island world of New York will go into production August 1, 2020. The films focusing on the relationship between nature and the urban environment of the New York islands are commissioned by national German broadcaster ZDF and European Network ARTE. They are produced by Florian Film in Cologne Germany and directed by Thomas Halaczinsky. Loosely based on Thomas’ book by the same title, the films tell the story of a modern-day exploration by sailboat into the island world of New York. We will set sail for New York on Sojourn August 1st. Stay tuned for more details, subscribe to our mailing list.

Past Events

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The portfolios provide an insight into the expeditions of the Archipelago of New York. Watch a hands-on interview with the artist and a poetic video installation on the portfolio page.  To go to the portfolios click on the image below.


Sailing the Archipelago of New York,  a lot of hidden treasures came to the surface: stories of love, despair and perseverance. This is one of the tales that made it into the book. Click on the picture to read.

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