Going on at the International Center of Photography from May 23, 2018 – September 2, 2018 are a few excellent exhibits that street photographers will appreciate. Here they are, in no particular order:
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
Naturally, topping the list is an exhibit by none other than HCB himself. And it’s dedicated to the ever popular topic of what Robert Capa called “a Bible for photographers,” which of course is HCB’s most influential photobook originally titled Images à la Sauvette (“Images on the Run”) and later published as The Decisive Moment in English. The exhibit explores how this publication came about, who and what influenced the final product and how it ultimately influenced the way we understand Cartier-Bresson’s work today. Interesting stuff!
Elliott Erwitt: Pittsburgh 1950
In 1950, a 22 year old Elliott Erwitt set out to document a change in Pittsburgh, a transformation really from urban industrial to modern metropolis. In just four months’ time, he captured hundreds of images. A selection of these will be on display, and ICP describes them as follows: “His images recorded the city’s communities against the backdrop of urban change, highlighting his quiet observations with the playful wit that has defined his style for over five decades.” Documenting change is something every street photographer should be interested in, since things are changing faster than ever now. Taking a moment to contemplate how Erwitt did just that will no doubt contribute to your progress as a photographer.
RFK Funeral Train: The People’s View
The year is 1968 and thousands of people line the train tracks from New York to DC to pay their last respects and express their shock and sorrow at the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Many know about the images photographer Paul Fusco took as he documented the train’s journey. They have become a collection that represents the loss of idealism and political upheaval in the US. However, in this ICP exhibit, Rein Jelle Terpstra, a Dutch visual artist, filmmaker and photographer, put together a collection of images taken by bystanders of the event. The viewpoints of these unwitting street photographers are varied and fascinating.
There are, of course, other exhibitions at the ICP so set aside a few hours to see them all if you can. Here’s the where and when of the exhibitions mentioned here: