Thursday, January 19, 2012

1955: A Group Show

The gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of photographic work made in 1955.

Exhibition Dates: January 21 – February 18, 2012

Fascinated by the optimism of the 1950s, Stephen Bulger has long considered 1955 to be the epitome of this era, so often mythologized and made nostalgic in North American mass media.

This exhibition contains works by various makers, all photographed in 1955, displaying many different approaches to photography:

1955 begins with Larry Morris’ photograph of The Times Square New Year's Eve Party welcoming in 1955, which was the 50th anniversary of the first celebration at One Times Square.

Larry C. Morris, New Year's Eve in Times Square, NY, December 31, 1954 © Larry Morris / The New York Times

Charles Swedlund, a twenty year old native of Chicago who had graduated from the famed Institute of Design and, in 1955, delved into an intense year of image making. On exhibit are selections of his multiple exposures from the series called “Chicago,” as well as selections from his series “Firefighters.”

Charles Swedlund, Chicago, circa 1955
© Charles Swedlund

Charles Swedlund, Untitled, circa 1955
© Charles Swedlund

George S. Zimbel travelled America in 1955 and received an assignment to photograph New Orleans. His take on the city was a rawer look than was wanted by the client, who offered only a ‘kill fee’ after seeing the photographs. Images from this series have been acquired by major museums around the world, and were published as Bourbon Street, New Orleans 1955 [les éditions du passage, 2006.]. This trip confirmed George’s love of Elaine Sernovitz, to whom he proposed from El Paso. They rendezvoused in New Orleans and were married there on Feb 3, 1955.

George S. Zimbel, Woman at the Bar, Bourbon St., New Orleans, 1955

The exhibition also offers glimpses of life in 1955, and fine examples of photographic practice by these makers: Dr.Harold Edgerton; Elliot Erwitt; Dave Heath; André Kertész, O. Winston Link; Angus McBean; W. Eugene Smith; Frederick Sommer; Dennis Stock; and Gabor Szilasi.

Elliott Erwitt, Santa Monica, California, 1955
© Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

The exhibition also includes the wedding portrait of Murray and Jane Bulger, who were married on February 19, 1955, and to whom this exhibition is lovingly dedicated.

Murray & Jane Bulger, February 19th, 1955

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM

January 21
Dir. Fred Zinnermann (USA: 1955) 145 min.

January 28
Dir. John Sturges (USA: 1955) 81 min.

February 4
Dir. Billy Wilder (USA: 1955) 105 min.

February 11
Dir. William Wyler (USA: 1955) 112 min.

February 18
Dir. Nicholas Ray (USA: 1955) 111 min.

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