Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 during a parade through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. An exhibit in Midtown’s International Center of Photography is focused on this historic moment as the dawn of “citizen journalism,” as innocent bystanders brought along personal cameras (a luxury at the time) to capture a shot of the president. By happenstance, these civilians were the first on scene to document one of the biggest scandals in the country’s history. ICP has put together a myriad of first images from that day and you can visit on Fridays with a voluntary contribution from 5-8pm. (more…)
An interesting photography exhibit by Brian McCarty is on display at Peanut Underground in the East Village (215 5th Street). The War-Toys project is an attempt to visualize the memories, experiences, and fears expressed by children from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel. These children affected by conflict depict these scenes in art therapy and the photographer assembled locally found toys at the actual locations described. What resulted are these beautiful scenes of childhood innocence ridden with the gruesome imagery of war. The photographs are on display through November 26 at Peanut Underground, accompanied by some of the drawings from therapy that inspired the photos.
Champ de Mars Metro Station photogaphed by Janol Apin
In the 1990s, Janol Apin photographed scenes in the Paris Metro re-enacting the station names literally. While one, like Maison Blanche, is a little off-color for American readers, others are whimsical and understandable even to an international audience.
“On Thursday we heard about this storm that might be brewing, but thought nothing of it. By Friday morning, we knew it was serious.” Daniel Avila, a photographer at the NYC Parks Department, took one of the 200 photos featured in The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit, “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy.”
One year ago, New Yorkers awoke to a grave reality: we were not only included in hurricane season, but highly vulnerable to it. Sandy may not have devastated you directly, but we all knew someone, and certainly were all impacted. In the age of Instagram, Rising Waters brings together the stories of both pro and amateur photographers, experienced through photos.
The International Center of Photography has opened four new exhibits in its Midtown museum. These magnificent photo installations will be available for viewing starting today until January 19th, 2014. On the main floor, selections from Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss’ 10 Years collection are featured in her first major museum presentation. These photographs capture subjects that help tell the narrative of the “struggle of everyday life.” Downstairs, the museum has a large collection of Lewis Hine’s photography that spanned his entire career here in New York City from 1905 until his death in 1940, which highlighted the poor and working class individual. A separate dedicated section of Lewis Hine’s work from ICP’s own collection is centered around New Deal industrialism from when he worked with the Works Progress Administration’s National Research Project to study labor in the US. Finally, the smallest of these exhibits highlights one of the initial moments in “citizen journalism” as it analyzes the impact of instant cameras and “bystander photography” in documenting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.