Helen Levitt, New York, Children with Masks, ca. 1942.
Louis Faurer. Times Square USA, 1950
In the 1920s New York City surpassed London to become the most populous and industrially advanced city in the world. Artists such as Morris Engel, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Paul Strand, and Weegee were among those deeply inspired by New York City. Photographing or filming everyday scenes as well as bustling, illuminated nightlife, these artists reveled in the genre of street photographyand created some of America’s first avant-garde cinema. Groups such as the Film and Photo League (later the Photo League), formed in 1931, championed photography’s ability to record the city in transition, with a particular focus on life in working-class neighborhoods. The group remained active until 1951, and its impact lasted for decades. This trajectory of discovery and influence lies at the heart of the presentation of Film and Photo in New York
Rarely seen films are presented alongside the exhibition’s nearly 80 photographic works, creating a compelling glimpse of a pivotal time in both New York City and the history of photography and film.
Paul Strand, Manhatta (1920/21)
Louis Faurer, Time Capsule (1960s)
Weegee, Weegee’s New York (1948)
Helen Levitt, In the Street (1952)
Morris Engel, Little Fugitive (1953)
Robert Frank, Pull My Daisy (1959)