New York

Jeff Mermelstein, Untitled, New York City, 1993.

Jeff Mermelstein, Untitled, New York City, 1993.

New York

New York: Capital of Photography

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
April 28–September 29, 2002

Curated by Max Kozloff

The September 11 World Trade Center attack was probably the most photographed event in history, partly because there were so many cameras in the vicinity. As this exhibition guest-curated by Max Kozloff demonstrates, New York has been the “Capital of Photography” since the end of the nineteenth century. Kozloff’s emphasis on the critical role of Jewish immigrants in this history is supported by his selection of 102 images by 59 photographers (from Stieglitz, Steichen, and Hine to Goldin, Mermelstein, and Fink) and his penetrating catalogue essay. At a time when documentary photography is arguably enjoying a renaissance in New York, this show provides much-needed context.