new-york

Collier Schorr

303 Gallery

Camouflaged in the trappings of the Vietnam era—well-worn fatigues, muscle cars, transistor radios, Jane Fonda—Collier Schorr’s recent exhibition spoke directly to contemporary conditions with one of the most powerful political statements to appear this fall. “There I Was” focused on Charlie “Astoria Chas” Snyder, a nineteen-year-old drag racer photographed by Schorr’s father in 1967 just before leaving for ’Nam. Snyder and his “Ko-Motion” Sting Ray Corvette were featured in CARS magazine, but Astoria Chas was killed in combat even before the issue hit newsstands. In this new body of work, a boy and his Ko-Motion are the subjects, but the theme is our current war.

While the exhibition included a few photographs in the seductive style for which Schorr is well known—a helmeted boy silhouetted against the forest (M., 2002) and a teenager in repose on a wooden platform (Summer

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