Last night, the opening of Joel Meyerowitz’s Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks was held at the great upper East Side Museum of the City of New York.NYC is incredibly green. The city has 29 000 acres of parks and green spaces.
Meyerowitz was there, hanging out with people dressed up and had a hug with Mary Ellen Mark ! Needless to say that the work is amazing. I didn’t know that he is the first photographer to document New York City’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program. That makes the work even more powerful.
A book published by Aperture can be use as a start to organise a green itinerary in NYC during week-ends.
Legacy : The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks runs till March 7th, 2010
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Camilo José Vergara has been returning to the same intersections in Harlem and photographing the changing buildings for 38 years. Harlem 1970-2009 presents 100 of these images at the NY Historical Society. I have always been glad and pleased by the way Americans documente society. There is a truth that reminds me the way kids look at life. Through July 12, 2009. Reopens september 15. RB©Camilo José Vergara
Mark Cohen is a street photographer. His fellows at work are Robert Frank, William Klein, Lee Friedlander and William Eggleston. Actually, you can tell that he belongs to the same school, right ? Beyond the stances those photographers take, there is the idea to get closer to the subject. Therefore, Cohen chose to photograph exclusively in and around his hometown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
True Color are photos shot in the late 1970’s. They have been printed recently as color dye transfers and are shown at the Hasted Hunt gallery for the first time in New York. Worth seeing it, especially because Mark Cohen is not as known as the others photographers.
The gallery displays also an exhibition on NYC. Among the photos chosen, one is signed Bruce Davidson : black & white, end of the day, almost night, the statue of liberty is far, the torch is lighted, at the forefront a lighted street lamp. The image is so simple but incredibly moving. I couldn’t find it on Internet. I would then, warmly, recommend to stop over the gallery during the upcoming week-end. RB
Until august, 28, 2009
529 W 20th St # 3W
New York, NY 10011-2800