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Decisive Moments:
Urban Environments and Street Photography

September 21 - October 19, 2012

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Garry Winogrand
From the portfolio,
"Women are Better than Men.
Not only have they survived, they do prevail."
Beverly Hills, Calif, 1978

Photo credit: Steven Tucker

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.  


Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 8 P.M.

The Sidney Mishkin Gallery is located at:
Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street
New York City

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