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Decisive Moments: Urban Environments and Street Photography


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Garry Winogrand 1978 Beverly Hills, Calif., from the portfolio Women are Better Than Men. Not only have they survived, they do prevail. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14" Collection of Baruch College Gift of Bernard Levine ’54. Photo credit: Steven Tucker

NEW YORK, NY-August 21, 2012 - Baruch College presents the exhibition Decisive Moments: Urban Environments and Street photography at the Mishkin Gallery from September 21 to October 19. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Curated by Emily Ackerman, the show features works by nine renowned photographers: Garry Winogrand, Andy Warhol, Jeff Mermelstein, Elliott Erwitt, Milt Hinton, Donna Ferrato, Joel Meyerowitz, Gilles Peress, and Jerome Liebling.

With the introduction of portable cameras, especially small rangefinders like the 35mm Leica, the field of street photography came into its own. Photographers could now “shoot from the hip,” thus capturing expressions and interactions between subjects who were often unaware that they were being photographed. The documentation of society, both its greater issues and its smaller mannerisms, its large-scale protests and its unplanned connections, was now the purview of photographers prowling the urban environment for images of “real” life.

In the 1960s, Garry Winogrand emphasized the juxtapositions and fleeting moments of life with his often off-kilter framing of the social cityscape. Others such as Elliot Erwitt employed the amateur snapshot aesthetic to depict subjects imbued nevertheless with humor and grace. Jerome Liebling celebrated New York City’s unique street life in the 1970s by creating spontaneous portraits of the denizens of New York City’s working class neighborhoods. More recently, Jeff Mermelstein captures the spirit and the grit of New York City in his Sidewalk series. His quick shots of bus drivers, homeless people, and businessmen are familiar icons of city life.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 7:00 p.m. The Mishkin Gallery, located at 135 E. 22nd Street at Lexington, is free and open to the public. For questions about the gallery, call Sandra Kraskin at (646) 660-6652.



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