A Democracy of Imagery

Main Gallery

Curated by Colin Westerbeck

March 24 – April 30, 2016

A Democracy of Imagery - Colin Westerbeck - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Francis Frith
Chamounix, 1860s
Albumen print
5 1/2 X 10 1/4 inches

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Frank Delano
Sawmill near Van Buren, ME, Oct 1940
Dye transfer print, printed 1986
7 3/8 X 9 3/4 inches

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Nickolas Muray
Photographic invitation, 1924
Gelatin silver print
5 3/8 X 3 3/8 inches

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Doris Ulmann
Mr. Ritchie, Viper, KY, c.1933
Gelatin silver print
8 1/8 X 6 1/8 inches

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Anonymous
Untitled (Statue of Liberty), c. 1886
Gelatin silver print; printed  later
8 5/8 X 6 1/4 inches

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John Loengard
Roy Lichtenstein, November 1963
Gelatin silver print; printed later
14 X 11 inches

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George Platt Lynes
Untitled (Woman's head), 1940s
Gelatin silver print; printed 1940s
6 1/4 X 3 3/8 inches

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Joel Meyerowitz
Chenonceaux, France, 1967
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1967
9 x 13 1/4 inches

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Shomei Tomatsu
Untitled, from the series Chewing Gum and Chocolate, Okinawa, 1969
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1974
7 X 9 5/8 inches

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Peter Sekaer
Growing ferns in shade, Florida, c.1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
7 1/2 X 9 5/8 inches

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Tosh Matsumoto
Untitled (little boy in stadium), c.1950
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950
10 7/8 X 10 7/8 inches

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Joel Meyerowitz
Chenonceaux, France, 1967
Archival pigment print; printed 2012
11 x 14 inches

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Dan Weiner
Bus Boycott, Montgomery, Ala. (car of people), 1956
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1956
6 3/4 x 10 inches

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France Scully Osterman
Light Sleeper, 2002
Waxed salt print
8 X 10 inches
From an edition of 15

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William Klein
Dance at Waldorf, New York, 1955
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1955
14 X 11 inches

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Robert Frank
Edgard Varese, composer, c.1950's
Gelatin silver print
13 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches

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David "Chim" Seymour
A little Viennese boy with his worn boot which has been brought for repair, Austria, c.1950
Vintage gelatin silver print
7 1/2 X 9 1/4 inches

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Arnold Newman
Arnold Glimscher, 1972
Gelatin silver print
8 X 10 inches

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Dan Weiner
New York City, c.1948
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948
11 X 13 7/8 inches

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Jan Saudek
The Bond of Love No. 52, 1960
Hand-colored gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
11 1/4 X 8 7/8 inches

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Allen Ginsberg
David Hockney and William S. Burroughs, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, 1989
Gelatin silver print; printed later
11 X 14 inches

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Erwin Blumenfeld
Shadow profile, NYC, 1944
Gelatin silver print; printed 1944
13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches

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Richard Avedon
Self portrait with Henry Wolfe and Frank Finocchio, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1958
10 x 8 inches

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Saul Leiter
Footprints, c.1950
Chromogenic print; printed later
14 X 11 inches

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Saul Leiter
Andy Warhol, early 1950s
Gelatin silver print
5 7/8 X 4 inches

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Dr. M.F. Agha
Untitled (sculptures), c.1935
Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1935
9 5/8 X 7 3/4 inches

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Henry Wolf
Truck and Doorway with Men, c.1963
Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1963
13 1/4 X 8 3/8 inches

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Leon Levinstein
Untitled (conversation on street)
Gelatin silver print
10 1/2 X 12 3/4 inches

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Robert Frank
New York, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
10 1/2 X 13 1/8 inches

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Robert Frank
Mary and Andrea, Third Ave., New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1956
8 3/8 x 12 7/8 inches

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Louis Stettner
Street Corner, Upper West Side, New York, 1958
Vintage gelatin silver print
10 3/8 X 13 inches

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Ralph Gibson
Untitled, 1991
Chromogenic print
14 X 11 inches

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Lev Borodulin
The Leader, 1957
Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1957
11 1/2 X 6 1/2 inches

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Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lisbon, Portugal, 1955
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1955
9 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches

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Jean-Philippe Charbonnier
Kuwait, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1965
12 X 9 inches

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Mark Citret
Tower Stairs, Scotty's Castle 43/45, 1986
Toned gelatin silver print on vellum
11 x 8 1/2 inches

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Mark Citret
Workshop Lamp, Gladding McBean, 2002
Toned gelatin silver print on vellum
8 1/2 X 11 inches
From an edition of 45

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Jaroslav Fabinger
Untitled, c.1930
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1930
6 1/4 X 4 5/8 inches

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Lewis Hine
Ellis Island, c.1915
Gelatin silver print; printed after 1941
6 5/8 X 4 3/4 inches

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Charles DuBois Hodges
Twins, 1930s
Gelatin silver print
8 1/4 X 8 1/4 inches

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Man Ray
Untitled (Los Angeles), 1941
Gelatin silver print; printed c. 1941
10 X 8 inches

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Robert Mapplethorpe
Flash Gordon, 1971
Painted film still
10 X 8 inches

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Gordon Parks
Adam Clayton Powell, New York, 1948
Gelatin silver print; printed later
10 x 8 inches

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Erika Stone
Nun at Parade, N.Y.C., 1940s
Gelatin silver print
9 3/8 X 7 3/8 inches

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Karl Struss
Over the House Tops, Missen, 1912
Photogravure, printed c.1912
9 X 4 7/8 inches

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James van der Zee
Mock Wedding, c.1930
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1930
6 X 4 inches

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Clarence H. White
Boys Wrestling, 1908
Photogravure, printed c.1908
8 1/2 X 6 1/8 inches

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Jack Delano
A farmer laborer's widow living on a Farm Security Administration project near Manati, 1941
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1978
14 X 11 inches
From an edition of 25

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Louis Stettner
Jones Beach, 1954
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1954
9 X 13 1/2 inches

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Jerry Berndt
Chaloose, Les Landes, France, 2000
Gelatin silver print, printed 2002
20 X 16 inches
From an edition of 20

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Eric Lindbloom
Constitution Marsh, Cold Springs, NY, 1989
Gelatin silver print; printed 2001
11 X 19 1/4 inches
From an edition of 15

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Wynn Bullock
Del Monte Forest, 1956
Gelatin silver print
9 3/8 X 7 3/8 inches

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Frank Gohlke
Grain Elevator, Sunrise, Lamesa, Texas 2/30, 1975
Gelatin silver print; printed 1978
10 1/2 X 11 3/4 inches

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Frank Gohlke
Minneapolis (billboard), 1972
Gelatin silver print; printed 1972
6 1/8 x 6 inches

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Leni Riefensthal
Parthenon, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
11 3/8 X 9 inches

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Betsy Karel
Mahalaxmi, Dhobi Ghats, 1999
Gelatin silver print; printed 2009
11 x 14 inches

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Roman Vishniac
Untitled, n.d.
Chromogenic print
11 x 14 inches

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Arthur Leipzig
Winter in the North Atlantic, 1954
Gelatin silver print; printed later
11 X 14 inches

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Kenro Izu
Step Pyramid, Sakkara, Egypt, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed 1983
9 3/4 x 13 inches
From an edition of 5

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Albert Renger-Patzsch
"Ruhrchemie" factory, Oberhausen-Holten, Germany, 1933-4
Vintage gelatin silver print
6 5/8 X 9 inches

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Edward Burtynsky
Scrap Metal, Hamilton, Ontario, 1997
Chromogenic Colour print on Agfacolour Sugnum paper; printed 1998
7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches

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Jacob Riis
Untitled (Officers' weapons and badges), c.1888-98
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1946
10 X 8 inches

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Bill Burke
RR, Cambodia, ca. 1980s
Gelatin silver print
14 X 16 7/8 inches

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Arthur Leipzig
Tammany Hall, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
10 1/2 X 13 1/8 inches

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Alfred Eisenstaedt
American artist Thomas Hart Benton posing next to self-portrait. Martha's Vineyard, MA, 1970
Gelatin silver print
10 1/2 X 13 1/2 inches

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Ringl + Pit
Komol, 1931
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1984
13 1/2 X 9 1/8 inches

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Jeanloup Sieff
Portrait of Aldous Huxley (Hollywood), 1962
Gelatin silver print
11 3/4 X 8 inches

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Todd Webb
From Abandoned Sculpture Series, Paris, 1950
Vintage gelatin silver print
9 1/2 X 7 5/8 inches

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Martine Franck
Bibliotheque de Clamart, Hauts de Seine, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed later
15 3/4 X 19 5/8 inches

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Aaron Siskind
Chicago, 1948
Gelatin silver print
20 x 16 inches

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Werner Bischof
India, 1951
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1951
7 5/8 X 7 3/4 inches

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Frank Eugene
Brigitta, 1910
photogravure
6 x 8 1/4 inches

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Vivian Maier
Chicago, IL 1/15, June 1971
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 X 16 inches

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Berenice Abbott
Wiring an early IBM computer, IBM Laboratory, 1958-61
Gelatin silver print
7 5/8 X 9 5/8 inches

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Esther Bubley
Bus Story. Greyhound Bus Terminal, 245 W. 50th St, NY, NY -- Sleeping Passengers in the Terminal Waiting Room, 1947
Vintage gelatin silver print
6 3/4 X 9 1/3 inches

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Kenro Izu
Still Life #103, 1990
Platinum palladium print
9 6/8 x 7 6/8 inches

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Diana Walker
"Hear no evil..." - Secretary of Defense Cohen, President Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in a holding room prior to attending the NATO conference, the Ronald Reagan Building. 4/20, April 25, 1999
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

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Inge Morath
"Mask Portrait" from Series with Saul Steinberg, 1962
Gelatin silver print; printed later
11 x 14 inches

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Jack Birns
Natives in Saigon perch on iron railing to watch finish of the Sunday pony races., 1948
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1948
10 3/8 x 13 1/2 inches

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Gjon Mili
Alfred Hitchcock, 1942
Gelatin silver print; printed 2001
16 X 20 inches

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Arthur Leipzig
Piggyback Fighting (chicken), 1945
Gelatin silver print; printed later
11 X 14 inches

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David "Chim" Seymour
Boys in Albergo dei Poveri Reformatory, Naples, Italy, 1948
Gelatin silver print; printed later
8 1/4 X 12 inches

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Morris Engel
Waterfront - Trucker, New York City, 1948
Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980
14 X 11 inches

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Margaret Bourke-White
A crowd of 40,000 responds to a fiery speech given by Czech Nazi leader Konrad Henlein with Nazi salute, 1938
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1938
10 X 13 3/8 inches

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Saul Leiter
Halloween, 1952
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1970
3 1/8 X 4 3/4 inches

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Ruth Bernhard
Abstract Tosro, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed later
9 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches
(Plate 7 from the Eternal Body)

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Walker Evans
Hart Crane and unidentified man, c. 1929
Vintage gelatin silver print
4 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches

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Michal Macku
Unknown, 1989
Silver gelatin emulsion transfer on watercolor paper
15 1/8 X 13 1/8 inches

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Rhondal McKinney
869, 1980
Gelatin silver print
8 x 10 inches
From an edition of 35

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John Vachon
Skating on the Mississippi River near Lake City, Minnesota, 1942
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1942
7 1/4 X 9 1/2 inches

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Thomas Fredereck Arndt
Man in a White Castle, Minneapolis, MN, 1970
Gelatin silver print
Image Size: 11 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches
Paper Size: 14 x 11 inches

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Thomas Frederick Arndt
Retired couple, Winona, Minnesota, 1976
Gelatin silver print; printed 1976
14 X 13 1/2 inches

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Nathan Lyons
Rochester, New York, 1978
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1978
5 X 7 inches

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Marion Post Wolcott
Front of old Negro School house, Greene Co., Georgia., May 1939
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939
7 3/16 X 9 1/2 inches

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Edward Steichen
"Scratch Another Meatball" - Saipan, c.1945
Gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

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Adolf Fassbender
Branch Brook Park, Newark, 1930's
Bromide print; printed c.1930's
15 X 19 1/2 inches

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Edward Steichen
Experiment in Three-color Photography, 1906
Three color halftone
4 X 4 7/8 inches

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Arthur Rothstein
Flood Victim, Missouri, 1938
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981, Hyperion Press
14 X 11 inches

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Ben Shahn
An Old Sailor in Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1935
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1935
9 3/4 X 6 3/8 inches

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Ansel Adams
Late Afternoon Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, date undetermined
Color transparency
4 X 5 inches

Press Release

A Democracy of Imagery

curated by Colin Westerbeck                                     

March 24 – April 30, 2016

 

New York – A Democracy of Imagery, an exhibition of work by 84 photographers from the 1860s through 2002, will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from March 24 – April 30, 2016. Curated by Colin Westerbeck, the exhibition presents 100 images by artists including Richard Avedon, Edward Burtynsky, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Saul Leiter, Vivian Maier, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Meyerowitz, and Gordon Parks. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m.

 

A book entitled A Democracy of Imagery will be published later this year by Steidl/Howard Greenberg Library, 2016.

 

In 2014, Colin Westerbeck had the genesis of an idea for a photography exhibition based on a challenge. Writing about Howard Greenberg in the book’s foreword, Westerbeck notes, “I approached him because I suspected I could do a museum-quality exhibition—one with the reach and variety of the slow time over which museum holdings accumulate—out of his stock-in-trade.”

 

A Democracy of Imagery affords a rare opportunity to investigate the gallery’s famed backrooms and uncover treasures of the medium. Howard Greenberg is widely credited as a leader in the development of the modern photography market. Founded in 1981, the Gallery is known internationally for its pioneering role in exhibiting photography from all periods.

 

The book and exhibition began with a unique and thoughtful theme: As Westerbeck writes, “From the beginning, the purpose of the exhibition was to include underappreciated photographs by famous photographers and great photographs by underappreciated photographers. To me, in the end, they’re all great photographs by great photographers.”

 

A Democracy of Imagery includes historical images both enchanting and ominous. The book’s cover image, an anonymous photograph from the mid-1880s, shows the Statue of Liberty under construction in France, before it was disassembled and shipped to New York for installation in the harbor on Liberty Island. Another photograph from 1938 by Margaret Bourke-White depicts thousands of smiling Czechs giving the “Heil Hitler” salute in response to a speech by the Czech Nazi leader Konrad Henlein.

 

A number of portraits of famous artists and writers provide highlights in the exhibition. Saul Leiter’s 1950s photograph of a young Andy Warhol shows the artist reviewing images when he was known as an illustrator. Allen Ginsberg’s 1989 photograph of David Hockney and William S. Burroughs reveals two well-dressed gentlemen with their hats on a table facing away from each other. Hockney has the corner of his month upturned and Burroughs has a slight frown, as if they’re ying and yang, reciprocal spirts of bemusement and disapproval.

 

Alfred Hitchcock is shown hamming it up for the camera in a 1942 photograph by Gjon Mili using stroboscopic flash. According to Mili, the great director “found the idea of being directed very amusing and behaving accordingly.” Also performing for the camera are Secretary of Defense William Cohen, President Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. The 1999 photograph by Diana Walker shows the leaders enacting “hear no evil, see no evil…” in a lighthearted moment in a holding room before a NATO conference.

 

About Colin Westerbeck

Before moving to Los Angeles, Colin Westerbeck was a Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1986 through 2003. Since then he has written a weekly column on photography for the Los Angeles Times in 2006 and 2007 and has contributed frequently to Art in America. He has also taught photographic history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. From 2008 until 2012, he was the Director of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside. In 2017, Laurence King will publish the third edition of Westerbeck’s book with Joel Meyerowitz, Bystander, A History of Street Photography.