Friday, December 23, 2011


Two exhibitions to see.  The first has just opened, & the second, at the Jewish Museum, has been around since early November.

Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979 ( Museum of the City of New York,  Dec 20 through Mar 18):
Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979 features a selection of vintage prints by the Brooklyn-born photographer who documented "life on the beat" with NYPD officers during the tumultuous 1970s.

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951   (The Jewish Museum, until March 25, 2012:
In 1936 a group of young, idealistic photographers, most of them Jewish, first-generation Americans, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League. Their solidarity centered on a belief in the expressive power of the documentary photograph and on a progressive alliance in the 1930s of socialist ideas and art. The Radical Camera presents the contested path of the documentary photograph during a tumultuous period that spanned the New Deal reforms of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. 

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