"The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League" Exhibit

Of interest to photographers who shoot the “streets” and urban environment. These early photographers had the first 35mm cameras. The SF Contemporary Jewish Museum is exhibiting The Photo League of New York. The museum fee is $12.00.

Excepts from the museum press release:

“The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936–1951 is the first comprehensive museum survey in three decades of the famed photography group’s work, history, artistic significance, and cultural, social, and political milieu.  The exhibition includes 150 vintage photographs by more than sixty Photo League members which included some of the most noted photographers of the mid-twentieth century—Berenice Abbott, Consuelo Kanaga, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, and many others—would redefine documentary photography and open the way for the next generation of photographers.”

“The members’ solidarity centered on a belief in the expressive power of the documentary photograph and on a progressive alliance in the 1930s of social activism and art. They rejected the prevailing style of modernism in order to engage the gritty realities of urban life. Leaguers focused on the urban environment, and this meant looking closely at ordinary people. That impulse spurred them to explore their own New York neighborhoods, street by street, camera at the ready.”

After the exhibit around 1p we'll have lunch nearby and do a Show & Tell, showing a few (1-3) of our recent "street" photos.

If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always a few RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date. However, drop-outs within the last week are frowned upon because those on the waiting lists usually have made other plans by then.

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  • Digne

    In the Sun. 12/30, SF Chron. Pink Section, the paper's art reviewer, Kenneth Baker, rates this exhibit as one of the high points of 2012. The Radical Camera exhibit will close on Jan. 21. I urge our members to give it a look even if you're not a museum fan; art is art.

    January 3, 2013

  • Chris K.

    I enjoyed the viewpoints from different perspectives in the discussion afterwords. Catching onto the guided tour was great, if not planned.

    December 27, 2012

  • Jen

    It was wonderful to have a conversation about it afterwards. I learned a lot, thanks folks!

    December 23, 2012

  • Digne

    Good meetup: inspiring B&W photos of NY Photographers documenting urban life. The docent tour was insightful. Group lunch was lively with many viewpoints.

    1 · December 22, 2012

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