The Photographic Vision

New York Vistas

September 9 – October 1, 2005

Installation view of The Photographic Vision: New York Vistas at Craig F. Starr Gallery 

Press Release

NEW YORK – Craig F. Starr Associates will present The Photographic Vision: New York Vistas from September 9 through October 1 at their Upper East Side gallery.

A compelling look at the impact of architecture and photography on American artists in the early 20th Century, The Photographic Vision will include works by Berenice Abbott, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, Charles Sheeler, and Edward Hopper, among others. The exhibition features photographs and prints from the 1910’s through the 1930’s.

“The artists working in New York City in this period approaching the city’s rising skyscrapers and changing street life with an optimism that really comes across in these works,” says gallery-owner Craig F. Starr. “Both the photographers and the printmakers were approaching their subjects with a similar outlook, which is why we called the show The Photographic Vision.”

Printmakers adopted the photographers’ approach to the subject: their choice of dramatic camera angles and observance of light and shadow. These innovations mark the move away from the earlier linear approach of etching, and towards the volumetric possibilities of lithography to convey the drama of the rising city’s bold new dimensions. Lithographs by artists such as Louis Lozowick, Howard Cook, and Samuel Margolies are paired in this show with photographic images of the same landmark buildings.