Sunday, January 27, 2013

Five In A Row

The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York is currently showing the work of two photographers who were active in the middle of the 20th Century: Roman Vishniac and Chim (David Seymour). The work of Vishniac that is on exhibit covers his output beginning during his early years in Berlin - during the rise of Nazism - through his post-war work in New York. After viewing the exhibit of his work, I decided to leave the viewing of Chim's work for another visit. There's just so much I can absorb at one time.

Despite technical shortcomings, the Vishniac images were deeply moving: there were areas of blown out highlights, muddy and undetailed shadow areas, images that were not well focused, and (travesty though it may be) images that were cropped. Most of the photographs on exhibit were of Poland, especially the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw prior to the Nazi invasion. It's an exhibit well worth the investment of time and effort to see.

After the visit to ICP, despite the bitter cold and biting wind, I took a walk in midtown. I huddled in the doorway of Bergdorf Goodman for a brief respite and took this shot of the first floor through the window. Five In A Row: