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Arbus, Frank, Penn: Masters of Post-War American Photography

October 1, 2018November 30, 2018

Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, and Irving Penn were respected photojournalists with work published in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. However, they would gain notoriety by turning their lens on the overlooked, unseen, and ostracized in society throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This post-war period was a time when photography was establishing itself as fine art, and their images would emerge as icons of the era.

Arbus, Frank, Penn: Masterworks of Post-War American Photography features 38 vintage gelatin silver prints including the Diane Arbus works “Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J.,” “Boy with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park,” and “Jewish Giant at Home with his Parents in the Bronx”; Robert Frank’s “Trolley, New Orleans,” “Parade, Hoboken,” and “Chicago (Man with Tuba)”; and Irving Penn’s “Mountain Children, Cuzco, Peru,” “Chimney Sweep, London,” and “Running Children, Rabat, Morocco.”

The Penn works date from the seminal period in his career, 1948–1951, and cover the three most important series from those years: the “small trades,” the “big nudes,” and the confrontational portraits of the mountain-top residents of Cuzco, Peru. The Frank works date from 1953–1958 and feature some of the key works reproduced in The Americans, arguably the most influential photography book of the 20th-century. The Arbus images date from 1961–1970 and include her most celebrated portraits.


Also on view: Now in Black and White

Local and regional artists are invited to apply for inclusion in this juried exhibition that examines the question of what will be iconic about this decade through black and white photography. Now in Black and White will be displayed in the Ancient Sculpture Museum during the Arbus, Frank, Penn: Masterworks of Post-War American Photography exhibition.

Submission Information: https://www.pyramidhill.org/now

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2018

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