The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Year, New York, 1949-50

February 14, 2009—June 7, 2009

Location: Bloch Building, Gallery L11

A brilliant but underappreciated American photographer, Homer Page used a Guggenheim fellowship in 1949-50 to photograph New York City. Included in the 2006 Hallmark Photographic Collection gift to the Nelson-Atkins were some 100 of his vintage black-and-white prints. The Museum is thus in a unique position to celebrate his remarkable artistic achievement: his vision, at once gritty and lyrical, of the face of metropolitan America at mid-century. In recording the city so intently, Page had a larger goal in mind: to suggest nothing less than the emotional tenor of life at that time and place.

From an artistic standpoint, Page's work represents a "missing link" between the warm, humanistic, and socially motivated documentary photographs of the 1930s and early 1940s in the works of Dorothea Lange, and the tougher, grittier and more existential work of the later 1950s as seen in the images of Robert Frank.

Free admission, no exhibition tickets required.


Image: Homer Page, American (1918-1985). New York (boys and manikin), 1949. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.4346.

This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation and The Judith Rothschild Foundation. Midwest Airlines is the official airline sponsor.

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