New York

“Selected 19th Century Images”


Like “The New Dimension,” the show at Photograph was a historical one that contained, in many cases, only one or two examples of a photographer’s work. Most of the photographers are so well-known, at least to regular gallery-goers, that a show like this could get away with such abbreviation. (Still problematic is what could be made of the show by summer visitors who came as novices hoping to learn something about the history of photography. They left the gallery, I suspect, with their eyes rolling around in their heads.) Nonetheless, while 90 images by a dozen photographers is more tolerable as a form for a historical show of this type, the most interesting inclusions were predictably the photographers whose work was given a generous representation. These were John Thomson, Charles Hugo, and Lady Lucy Bridgeman.

Thomson’s Street Life in London, from which the show contained a selection of

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