Exhibition
January 19 - March 29, 2008

POST-WAR PERSPECTIVES 1945 -1960

From Jan. 19 - Mar 29, 2008, The Laurence Miller Gallery will present POST-WAR PERSPECTIVES. This survey of more than 50 works made between 1945 and 1960 explores the major trends and attitudes at mid-century as expressed by photographers around the world, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Charles Harbutt, Helen Levitt, Roy De Carava, Fan Ho, Mario Giacomelli, Paul Strand, Eikoh Hosoe, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Keetman, Joan Colom, William Klein, Fred Herzog, and Ed van der Elsken, among many others.

While the United States settled into a period of post-war prosperity, celebrating its victories in Germany and the Pacific, much of Europe and Japan began the long process of recovery, both spiritual and physical. On the one extreme we enjoy Alfred Eisenstaedt’s classic “V.J. Day at Times Square, NYC, August 15, 1945,” and on the other we sense the despair evident in Peter Keetman’s bird’s-eye view of destruction that once was downtown Munich.

Anxiety and alienation seem to be common themes around the globe, from Fan Ho’s 1955 “Running off the Tracks,” in which a solitary figure dodges glowing railroad tracks, to Val Telberg’s 1948 self-portrait from his series “Long Night Group,” in which he seems to dissolve into thin air. These themes can also be found in Charles Harbutt’s upside-down trapeze artist, William Klein’s lurching woman, Eikoh Hosoe’s  pale female holding a helpless and shimmering fish, and Louis Faurer’s 1947 “Goggled-Eyed Man,” surrounded by an eerie blue light.

There is much experimentation as well. In Vancouver in the late 1950’s Fred Herzog produced dazzling color pictures of a downtown awash with neon, while Helen Levitt in New York captured an old woman sitting in her window, world weary and alone. Both Peter Keetman and Toni Schneiders in Germany extend a rich heritage of abstraction, making long exposures and multiple images that take the viewer beyond what the eye can see.

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Harry Callahan

Eleanor, 1951
11 x 14" Dye Transfer print
Signed verso, printed later

 


Henri Cartier-Bresson
Kashmir, 1948
9.25 x 13.5" silver print
Magnum stamp verso
Printed 1960s

 





Joan Colom
Semana Santa
Barcelona, Spain, c.1958
3 x 7" vintage silver print

Joan Colom
Barcelona, c.1958
4 7/8 x 3 5/8" vintage silver print

 

 

 

Bruce Davidson
Couple with Hands Touching
at Dusk in the Park
From Brooklyn Gang, 1959

12.5 x 8.75" vintage silver print

 

 


Roy DeCarava
Coltrane and Elvin, 1960

10 x 13" silver print, printed 1981
Signed, titled, dated recto

 

 

 

 

Alfred Eisenstaedt
V-J Day at Times Square
Aug. 15, 1945
14 x 11" silver print
Printed 1960s, signed on matte

 

 

 



Louis Faurer
14th Street, New York, 1947-48
10 x 8" chromogenic print
Printed c.1980


 



Robert Frank
Venice, 1949
8.75 x 12" vintage silver print
Signed on verso

 



Robert Frank
New Year's Eve, 1950
13 x 8.5" silver print, printed 1970s
Signed, titled and dated

 

 

 



Robert Frank

Untitled, from the series
The Americans, c.1956
11 x 14" silver print
Signed & stamped verso

 



Mario Giacomelli
Puglia, 1958
15.75 x 11" vintage silver print
Titled, dated, stamped verso



Charles Harbutt

Trapeze, Christiani Bros.Circus
19.25 x 11.75" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 

 



Charles Harbutt
Cat in Window with Flag
Madison Ave., New York, 1959
10.25 x 13.25" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 

 




Charles Harbutt

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1956
9 x 13.5" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 



Charles Harbutt
Boy in Cuban Jail
Havana, 1959
19.25 x 13.25" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso



Charles Harbutt
Migrant Farmer and House
Glassboro, NJ, 1957
8.75 x 13.25" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 


Charles Harbutt
Migrant Farm, Women
Glassboro, NJ, 1957
9.875 x 13.5" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 

 

 

 


Charles Harbutt
Migrant Farmer with Guitar
Glassboro, NJ, 1957
9 x 13.5" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 

 

 

 


Eikoh Hosoe
Man & Woman # 1, 1960
11.5 x 8" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 


 

Fred Herzog
U.R. Next, 1959
36 x 28" inkjet print
Signed, titled, dated verso
Edition 20

 

 

Fred Herzog
White Lunch, 1959
36 x 28" inkjet print
Signed, titled, dated verso
Edition 20


 

 



Fan Ho
A Day is Done, 1957
17.625 x 13.625" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 



Fan Ho
Tracks of Fear, 1955
18.5 x 7" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 


Fan Ho

Welcome Sunshine, 1952
18.5 x 6.25" vintage silver print
Signed, titled, dated verso

 


Fan Ho
Hurrying Home, 1956
18.5 x 8" vintage silver print
Signed verso

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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