Photographs of Early 20th Century Life
From the Ewing Galloway Archives
At the Mishkin Gallery, March 30–April 25, 2007
Though not a photographer himself, Ewing Galloway (1881-1953) compiled one of the largest and most diverse photo archives ever assembled. Revisiting Photography, images from the Galloway archive depicting everyday life and work in the early 20th century, will be on view at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery from Friday, March 30, to Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6 to 8 pm. Free and open to the public.
Born in Kentucky, Galloway tried a number of careers before opening a small photo archive at 218 E. 28th Street in 1920. Eventually, with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Berlin, and Amsterdam, Galloway amassed a collection of more than 400,000 photographs. Though assembled for commercial purposes, the photographs do not depict news events; rather, they are vividly expressive images of “ordinary” life in the early 20th century.
Many of the most arresting images convey early 20th century work, industry, commerce, and the growth and congestion of cities that came with the advent of automobiles. Galloway’s photographs, all of them by anonymous men and women, depict work in tanning factories, whaling ships, and steel mills in all its muscular, dirty physicality. Subjects range from mustachioed gold-miners, to hobos, to a smiling aviatrix.
All the images are in black and white.
Also included in this exhibition, drawn from 200 prints donated to Baruch College, are a smattering of photos from foreign lands, presumably taken by long-ago tourists. The Mishkin Gallery is located at 135 E. 22nd St. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 pm; Thursday, noon to 7 pm.
Contact: Zane Berzins (news office)
Sandra Kraskin (gallery)