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Taking It to the Streets

July 16 through September 18, 2016


Trying to capture everyday life, street photographers find the beautiful, the poignant, and the poetic in the mundane. Giving life to our stories, these particular artists are witnesses, catching a moment as it unfolds and saving it for posterity. A practice dating back to the origins of photography itself, street photography epitomizes those photographers who take images in public places (often, but not always candidly) capturing their subjects in the midst of their daily business or documenting a place imbued with the presence of people even in their absence.

Including images by pioneers of the genre including Walker Evans and Lewis Wickes Hines and more contemporary masters such as Ed Willis Barnett and Lynn Saville, Taking It to the Streets illustrates the wide range of street photography.


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Rudy Burckhardt (American, born Switzerland, 1914–1999), Enjoy Red Rock Cola, Alabama, 1948, Gelatin silver print on paper, 2011.15