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The New York School

Neil Libbert: <EM>New York</EM>, 1974&copy; Neil LibbertPhoto courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
Neil Libbert: New York, 1974
© Neil Libbert
Photo courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery
The New York School
LONDON  •  Michael Hoppen Gallery  •  Ongoing

Between the late 1930s and the early 1960s a group of young photographers living and working in New York City redefined street photography. This group of artists became known as The New York School.

These photographers documented the post war energy and exotic chaos of New York City as it evolved from the crisis years of the Great Depression and the Second World War through to the social turbulence of the early seventies. Most of them worked on magazines but it was their personal work that stood them apart. They captured the choreography of the city from the sidewalks of downtown, to the intensity of Times Square, the isolation and elegance of the architecture and the mass of humanity at Coney Island. Many of the New York School identified with the values of film noir, stylish low-key black and white images with a certain moral ambiguity. Their style utlilised the methods of documentary journalism, small cameras, available light and a sense of the fleeting and candid and yet they rejected the anecdotal descriptiveness of most photojournalism.

Many had attended workshops at Richard Avedon's studio often taught by their mentor Alexey Brodovitch, who had totally re-invented photography, design and layout within the confines of Harpers Bazaar magazine. Many went on to become legendary in their chosen fields of photography.

Featured artists include Diane Arbus, Louis Faurer, Ted Croner, Weegee, Lisette Model, Alexey Brodovitch, Lee Friedlander, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Bruce Davidson, Neil Libbert and Elliott Erwitt.

Michael Hoppen Gallery Web Site

Contact: Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place
London SW3 3TD
Tel: (44) 20 73 52 36 49

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