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"The Sidewalk Never Ends: Street Photography Since the 1970's"
2001-11-17 until 2002-04-28
Art Institute of Chicago
In 1994, the Art Institute mounted an exhibition entitled Bystander: A History of Street Photography that traced the development of this genre from the 19th century through the 1970s. The Sidewalk Never Ends brings up to date the progress of this type of photography in the last 25 years.
Photographers who take pictres of everyday life in the street have always been representative of what the instantaneous medium of photography is in its essence. The most recent generation of the genres practitioners can be found in places as disparate as Liverpool, England (Tom Wood), Havana, Cuba (Ernesto Bazan), rural Spain (Cristobal Hara), and Chicago, Illinois (Tom Arndt).
As in the past, so now, wherever they came from originally, many of the most gifted street photographers end up in New York, because the density of life on the street there seems the ultimate challenge. The sampler of recent street photography that this exhibition contains will also include New Yorkers Tom Roma, Melanie Einzig, Jeff Mermelstein, and others whose work shows that this genre is as alive and vital to photography in general as it has ever been.