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“The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League" Exhibit

Of interest not only to photographers but to those interested in social activism, urban environment, portraits, New York and art in general. The Contemporary Jewish 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.”

Almost anyone who owns a camera has probably made a photograph of an urban setting, an impromptu shot of people, historic building, etc. For those who would like to lunch after the exhibit let's bring 1-2 photos that we think is urban and maybe "radical" for a fun discussion.

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  • Lea D.

    I am planning to visit this exhibit this coming Thursday January 17th. I will arrive at the museum at 5 pm, to take advantage of the $5 admission cost after 5 pm (adult admission is normally $12). I am visiting with a small group from the East Bay, sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of Kehilla synagogue. Kehilla is a synagogue in Piedmont, near Oakland. Anyone is welcome to join us to explore the exhibit together and share impressions. We'll also take a look at "The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats" about the children's book author and illustrator. We may share a snack or light dinner and discuss the exhibits. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you plan to join us.

    January 15, 2013

  • 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 photography fan; art is art.

    January 3, 2013

  • Fränzi

    Impressive pictures, illuminating guided tour, enthusiastic fellow art lovers - thanks Digne for organizing this event! The museum is great, I stayed till closing time.

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much, Digne, for organizing. I enjoyed the experience.

    December 22, 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.

    December 22, 2012

  • Ingeborg P.

    The exhibit was moving and thought provoking.

    December 22, 2012

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