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"The Photography of John Gutmann: Culture Shock"
2001-03-15 until 2001-05-27
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
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.
Mobile, Alabama, 1937
11 x 14 inches
Gelatin silver print
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