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  • Street Photography Images from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago

    This resources was funded with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art

  • Lee Friedlander Princeton, 1969

  • Lee Friedlander Washington, D.C., 1973

  • Lee Friedlander Chicago, 2003

  • Lee Friedlander Washington, D. C., 1999

  • Lee Friedlander New York City, 1964

  • Robert Frank Woolworth, New York City, 1955

  • Robert Frank San Francisco, 1956

  • Robert Frank Political Rally, Chicago, 1956

  • Roy DeCarava Man in Window, 1978

  • Roy DeCarava Dancers, 1956

  • Garry Winogrand Coney Island, New York City, New York, from the Fifteen Photographs portfolio, 1952

  • Garry Winogrand Statue of Liberty, New York, from the Fifteen Photographs portfolio, 1971

  • Garry Winogrand untitled from the Women are Beautiful portfolio, n. d. Portfolio 1981

  • Garry Winogrand World's Fair, New York, 1964, from the "Women are Beautiful" portfolio

  • Garry Winogrand Central Park Zoo, New York City, New York, 1967, from the Fifteen Photographs portfolio

  • Gary Winogrand Los Angeles, California, 1969, from the Fifteen Photographs portfolio

  • Garry Winogrand Central Park Zoo, New York City, 1964, from the Fifteen Photographs portfolio

  • Mary Ellen Mark Calcuta, 1980

  • Mary Ellen Mark Five Boys With Guns, 1988

  • Mary Ellen Mark Amanda and her Cousin Amy, Valdene, North Carolina, 1990

  • Stephen Marc, 53rd and Aberdeen, from the Changing Chicago project, 1987

  • Stephen Marc 63rd and King Drive, from the Changing Chicago project, 1987.

  • Stephen Marc untitled, from the Changing Chicago project, 1987

  • Stephen Marc untitled, from the Changing Chicago project, 1983

  • Antonio Perez A Group of First Holy Communion Pass the St. Michaels Rectory on Their Way to Church, May 1, 1987, from the "Changing Chicago Project"

  • Antonio Perez Michael and Maryann Shiffer Aboard a Bus That Will Take Them to the Train Station From the Changing Chicago project, 1987

  • Antonio Perez A Child and His Uncle Attend the Annual Southeast Side Vietnam Veterans Memorial While Holding a Photo of a Family Member, Joseph Quiroz, Outside of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Quiroz Died While Serving his Country in Vietnam, September 2000

  • Antonio Perez A Young Cowboy Performs Rodeo Rope Tricks as he Marches West on Cermak, During the Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade, May 1996

  • Antonio Perez A Man Dressed as Charro on his Horse Waits for his Take-Out Food Before the Start of the Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade Down Cermak in Chicago, September, 2000

  • Jay Wolke Untitled, rom the Changing Chicago project, 1987

  • Jay Wolke untitled, from the Changing Chicago project, 1987

  • Lee Friedlander American, b. 1934

    Lee Friedlanders unique vision underscores the two-dimensionality of the picture plane and the potential for photographs to contain varying levels of reflection, opacity, and transparency. Like Atgets photographs, Friedlanders images of shop windows evoke a certain ambiguity, an oscillation between reflected and actual reality, that invite inspection of the space and the meaning of the image. Similar responses are encouraged by Friedlanders street photographs, in which shadows of figures (usually Friedlander himself) and other subjects overlap in the photographic image. The projected outline of Friedlanders body as within the picture frame implies the notion that the photographer can be both behind the camera and in front of it. Interpreted further, Friedlanders shadow can be taken to represent the imposition of the photographer upon his world and his subject.

    Washington, DC is an image from Friedlanders The American Monument project executed in the planar style for which he is known. Collapsed into the flat photograph are a car window, a side mirror, and a boulevard that extends into the distance, dividing the space of the frame. The American Monument project documents how nondescript memorials in the United States are folded into changing landscapes. As the context and environment of these objects has changed over time, many have not retained their initial meaning or significance. Friedlander details the motifs and symbols of public memory that go unnoticed. His style does not compromise the marginality of each plaque or statue; instead it calls attention to the new surroundings that have developed around these objects. In Phoenix, 1975, for example, the subject is not readily apparent; the monument is situated unobtrusively, camouflaged by a tree and cacti. Photographing plaques and statues dedicated to a diverse array of military figures, poets, statesmen, Native Americans, and Puritans, Friedlander collected thousands of images of these lonely, silent markers as one might glimpse while walking or driving.

    Lee Friedlander was born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington. He began photographing in 1948 because of a fascination with the equipment, in his words. He later attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles to become a professional photographer, but soon left. He moved to New York in 1956 and began freelancing. As he sought out magazine assignments, he eventually met a group of photographers who would change his life: Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Louis Faurer, Helen Levitt, Richard Avedon, and Walker Evans. Friedlander has been awarded John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work has been widely exhibited and is included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, among other international collections. The Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibited his series At Work and Sticks and Stones in 2005. Additionally, Friedlander is credited with preserving the work of New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq.

  • Robert Frank American, b. Switzerland 1924 Robert Franks photographs of America in the 1950s exemplify an outsiders criticism of the social phenomena punctuating postwar America. The Swiss-born photographer made his way across the US, with the help of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship awarded in 1955, as part of his project The Americans, a collection of photographs published in book form in 1959. Perhaps as a result of his non-native status, Franks photographic observations assume nothing and lay bare issues of public space, race relations and consumer culture. His images divulge moments when various factions of the population display their secret loathing or discomfort toward one another. Other photographs portray the atmosphere of burgeoning consumerism in America, capturing the alienation of citizens caught up in, or left out of, consumer culture. Needless to say, the dynamic revealed in Franks photographs was unsettling to his audiences at home and abroad. Franks photographs had no unifying effect. In San Francisco suspicion and veiled aggression are plainly written on the faces of the couple Frank photographed. The slightly askew composition lends itself to the overall program of tension and conflict in the image and the composition is filled out and justified in the perceived disparity, not harmonious relationship, between its subjects. Although critical, Franks photographs are not without humor. In one of his trademark images, Political Rally, Chicago, 1956, he selected a faceless conventioneer rather than directing his camera to the candidates at the podium. The composition allows no escape from the pull of the tubas throat, a gaping hole in the center of the frame, and understood symbolically it evokes amusement more than condemnation. This iconic image highlights the isolating style for which Frank became known. The minor details, patriotic bunting and a campaign sticker for Adlai Stevenson, help to locate the viewer at a political event. Even though the viewer is directed to look at the isolated, faceless figure against a wall, the political references invite a broader interpretation of the image. American consumerism is a common theme that permeates the work of Robert Frank. He addressed the relationship between Americans and their unbridled consumerist environment by taking pictures of people as they shopped or walked through stores, capturing awkward or gauche expressions. These were coupled with an apparent apprehension and alienation to the products and places of the new culture. In Woolworth, New York City, a woman appears lost in the paraphernalia of a consumerist environment. Her surroundings, a jumble of artificial lighting and blurred information, contribute to the chaotic feel of a rapidly transforming culture. Born in Zurich in 1924, Robert Frank emigrated from Switzerland in 1947 at the age of twenty-two and worked in New York with considerable commercial success. In search of something more, however, he traveled from New York to South America, Paris, Spain, London, and Wales, and worked on a variety of ambitious projects. In 1953 he returned to the United States and embarked on the now epic series The Americans. Franks snapshot aesthetic, utilizing blurred form, grainy film, and a titled perspective, revolutionized and shaped the course of modern photography. After the publication of The Americans, however, Frank felt he had exhausted the possibilities for expressing him

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