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"The Photography of John Gutmann: Culture Shock"
2001-03-15 until 2001-05-27
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
Seattle, WA, USA United States of America

The Photography of John Gutmann: Culture Shock is a survey exhibition of one hundred photographs selected by Gutmann before his death in 1998. These images reflect a culture shocked by its own agitation and movement; a world of fast-paced change and social turbulence; while revealing Gutmanns unique appreciation of American iconography and his eye for the odd, the morbid and the freakish.

As an emigre, Gutmann possessed the detachment of an anthropologist and the ability to capture the vitality and strangeness of American life without sentimentality. Photographs of drive-ins, cartwheeling majorettes, cars, signs and street life have come to define the era, chronicling what Gutmann called the restless decade and its marvelous extravagance. Image:
John Gutmann
Mobile, Alabama, 1937
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print

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