Sunday, August 05, 2012

International Center for Photography: The Summer Cycle

Got over to see the summer cycle of exhibitions at ICP last Friday during Pay-What-You-Wish evening hours... (5pm to 8pm, every Friday)

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director features Edward Weston's St Roch Cemetery, New Orleans 1941... 

International Center of Photography presents an engaging survey of its vast and unique collection of photographs. Founded in 1975, as part of the original concept for the Center, the photograph collection at ICP now contains well over 100,000 photographs, ranging from the 1840s to the present. This provocative selection by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis is an investigation of the aesthetics and uses of photographic images, and includes well-loved classics as well as little-known works by anonymous photographers. One of the hallmarks of the collection is a focus on alternative histories of photography, including marginalized social practices of photography as well as popular and non-art approaches to the medium.

Weegee: Murder Is My Business includes some cheery shots from a crowded Coney Island on a summer day in 1940...

For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899–1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism. Freelancing for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies, and later working as a stringer for the short-lived liberal daily PM (1940–48), Weegee established a way of combining photographs and texts that was distinctly different from that promoted by other picture magazines, such as LIFE. Also curated by Brian Wallis. I can't help but wonder if Postal Lady isn't somewhere on the beach in that shot? Summer cycle of four exhibitions which also includes "President in Petticoats: Civil War Propaganda in Photographs" and "Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche" ends on September 2, 2012.

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