Upcoming Exhibition
October 30 - December 20, 2014

Will Brown A Tender Light


Will Brown - A Tender Light

Laurence Miller Gallery presents “Will Brown - A Tender Light,” this Philadelphia-based photographer’s first solo exhibition in New York. The show features 29 intimate black and white photographs taken in the early seventies in Queen Village, an old mercantile area in south Philadelphia.

Storefronts, old cars and neighborhood residents are the primary focus here. In Fitzwater Street Caddie, from 1972, we see a bedraggled Cadillac in front of a wall scrawled with graffiti, looking like the bones of a dinosaur that once proudly roamed here. Shop windows were often shot in the early morning when the streets were empty, their dusty windows glowing in the light and criss-crossed with long shadows. Brown’s prints capture a very tender light, similar in feeling to the light in Eugene Atget’s early morning vistas of Paris and the surrounding parks.

Will Brown’s photographs were featured in 2009 in Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960’s and 1970’s at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in a solo show this past summer at The Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia. His works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many private collections.


One-armed Boy
One-armed Boy
1976

Wire Works
Wire Works
1973

Atlas Wallpaper
Atlas Wallpaper
1973

Bainbridge and Orianna Sts. I
Bainbridge and Orianna Sts. I
1972

Car Grill
Car Grill
1973

Cool Ice
Cool Ice
1972

Wall
Wall
1972

David Frost
David Frost
1971

David Pransky
David Pransky
1973

Fitzwater St. Caddie
Fitzwater St. Caddie
1972

Floyd and friends
Floyd and friends
1973

Goldshlack Caddie
Goldshlack Caddie
1973

Izzy's Fried Fish
Izzy's Fried Fish
1973

Lou Mayo
Lou Mayo
1974

Marie's Bar
Marie's Bar
1973

Downtown New Tin II
New Tin II
1973

Pretzel Window
Pretzel Window
1973

Reba's 1973
Reba's 1973
1973

Schoolyard Graffiti
Schoolyard Graffiti
1973

Shop
Shop
1973

South Street Sandwich Shop
South Street Sandwich Shop
1972

South Street Window (4th and South)
South Street Window (4th and South)
1973

South Street Store Front
South Street Store Front
c. 1973

Steve Parker's House
Steve Parker's House
1973

The Best Styles
The Best Styles
1973

Three Men
Three Men
1971

Wash and Dry
Wash and Dry
1973

Windshield Flag
Windshield Flag
1972

All works are 8 x 10" gelatin silver prints.
Signed, titled, and dated on verso.



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