The Americans at the Museum
The article on Robert Frank in the July 5, 2015 New York Times Magazine continues to inspire me. He is an iconoclast who traveled the length and breadth of America around 1950 documenting the American experience. His book, The Americans, reverberates still with its images of racism, poverty and poetry.
I love street photography. My favorite photographers of this genre are Josef Koudelka, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt. In homage to Erwitt, who made hilarious and clever photographs in museums, I visited the new Whitney Museum in Manhattan over the weekend.
The light in the museum is fantastic, flooding in from 25 foot tall windows. And, best of all, they allow photographs to be taken! I spent a couple of hours playing with the shapes and silhouettes and the interplay between humans and art.
©PHIL CANTOR 2015