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.