As evident in the work on view now in New York, the medium of photography has always been used to document social conditions, trends and crises such as the AIDS epidemic. And always, beauty. Photography exhibitions allow us to travel—both geographically and through time—and give us permission to curiously gaze at others without shame. Take advantage of fascinating glimpses of life through trained eyes at the following galleries, museums and libraries.
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject.
Genesis is the third long-term series on global issues by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado (born Brazil, 1944), following Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000). The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change. ICP is proud to be the first U.S. venue of this momentous exhibition, which is curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado.
"Ernest Cole: Photographer" features 125 rare black-and-white prints from the archives of Ernest Cole (1940–90). One of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, Cole compassionately but unflinchingly portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. While many of his photographs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Through Dec. 6.
This exhibit features the stunning and historic photographs of Stephen Somerstein, documenting the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March in March 1965. Somerstein was a student in City College of New York’s night school and Picture Editor of his student newspaper when he traveled to Alabama to document the March.
The NYC-ARTS community is full of talent and we want to share it. Every Friday we showcase one fan's artwork on Facebook and each month our fans vote for their favorite. April's featured artist is Paula Layton, a street photographer whose black-and-white snapshots tell a narrative of New York City.
This exhibition brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Auste
Located in the Atlantic Ocean just southeast of Nova Scotia, Sable Island is a crescent shaped sandbar renowned for its population of wild horses. Romanian-born Dutesco made the first of many journeys in 1994 culminating in a vast series of photographs and a 16mm black-and-white short film called "Sable Horses."
The extraordinary history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is recounted in this original exhibition that interweaves natural, cultural, social, naval and industrial narratives.