New York Photography 1890-1950
From Stieglitz to Man Ray
17.5. — 2.9.2012

Edward Steichen: Gloria Swanson, 1924 The Museum of Modern Art, New York Courtesy Gloria Swanson Inc., © Photo SCALA, Florenz, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015

New York City is the center of photography. As early as the 1890s, pioneers of this new medium were inspired by the rapidly growing skyline and the vitality of this dynamic metropolis. They took photographs of skyscrapers, harbors and train stations and discovered photography as an independent art form. Alfred Stieglitz, the avant-garde photographer and art dealer, was the first to exhibit photographs alongside modern paintings. In his circle, Pictorialism developed into the two movements found in American photography by 1950: street photography and photographic abstraction.

Lewis Hine made use of photojournalism to document immigrants and child labor after 1900. Man Ray, who began his artistic career as a painter, preferred to use the medium of photography for his Dada imagery. Berenice Abbott and Weegee portrayed the lives of people in New York City – snapshots of a vibrant metropolis.

New York Photography 1890-1950
From Stieglitz to Man Ray

Exhibition Catalog

Editors Ortrud Westheider and Michael Philipp
Articles by Wolfgang Brückle, Peter Galassi, Miriam Häßler, Eva Hausdorf, Alison Nordström, Michael Philipp, Ulrich Pohlmann, Susanne Scharf, Bernhard Schulz, Imke Wartenberg and Ortrud Westheider
Publishing House Hirmer Verlag,
Munich
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