New York

“Subject to Change”

MoMA P.S.1

Photographic commissions tend to impose strict conditions, preconceiving for the artists involved a good part of their materia poetica. A photographer who accepts a commission has to walk a narrow path between resisting and submitting to its limitations. If he tends to either side in the extreme he is likely to come up with little.

The Institute for Art and Urban Resources gave grants last fall to four photographers to work in the vicinity of Project Studios I, an area in Queens generally known as Long Island City. Each of the four has responded to the limitations of this assignment in a way that reveals a good deal about his own character as an artist. Given a short period of time in which to produce a large amount of work, each has had to fall back on themes and devices among which he feels at ease.

Only one of the four photographers concerned, Walter Rosenblum, lives in the neighborhood;

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