Howard Greenberg & Bruce Davidson ~ Subway: A Conversation

 

 

 

Bruce Davidson, Subway, 1980 courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

After the financial crisis of the 1970’s decimated New York City’s public programs and infrastructure, the subway in particular was arguably at its nadir in terms of maintenance, upkeep, and crime as the decade came to a close. It was precisely at this moment, however, that Bruce Davidson began photographing it in a sustained and systematic way. The subway he traversed then, from the Bronx down to Coney Island and Rockaway Beach, seems a distant image from the one we ride today. Howard Greenberg and Bruce Davidson sat down recently over Zoom to discuss Davidson’s now-classic project “Subway”.  The following conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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‘Pieter Henket: Congo Tales’ now in the Online Viewing Room at Howard Greenberg Gallery

 

 

 

Pieter Henket,’The River, 2017′ archival pigment print. Image courtesy Howard Greenberg

Howard Greenberg Gallery opened its Online Viewing Room to Pieter Henkel’s Congo Tales, which explores cultural mythologies of the local inhabitants of the Congo Basin, containing some of the largest tropical rainforests in the world. The 2017 series has rarely been exhibited, and this is the first time the work is on view through a U.S. gallery.

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Howard Greenberg presents Saul Leiter in its Online Viewing Room

 

 

 

(PF107745) Saul Leiter,, Postmen, 1952. ©Saul Leiter Foundation, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

The World is Full of Endless Things: Saul Leiter’s New York is now in the Online Viewing Room at Howard Greenberg Gallery New York. The exhibition is a wonderful ode to New York, exploring Leiter’s nearly seventy-years in a City he loved ~ and in particular, the East Village where he lived beginning in 1952.

His mother gave him his first camera at age 12, and this seed planted bloomed at age 23, when he left theology school and moved to New York City. Aside from street photography, Leiter worked as a  fashion photographer for twenty years, publishing in such well-known publications as Elle, Vogue, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar, to name just a few.

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One Third of a Nation: The Photographs of the Farm Security Administration, 1935-1946 in the Howard Greenberg Online Gallery

 

 

Carl Mydans, Untitled, c.1936, Gelatin silver print; printed later, 16 x 20 inches, Mounted. Signed in in on mount recto. $8,000.00. Image courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Depicting challenges impoverished Americans were enduring at the time, with photographs by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Gordon Parks, among others, the exhibition, One Third of a Nation: The Photographs of the Farm Security Administration, demonstrates the extraordinary power of photography to define an era and inspire social change. Although the exhibition was planned months before the current pandemic situation, the images now take on a new relevance.  The exhibition is now in the Howard Greenberg Gallery Viewing Room.

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