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Zofia Rydet, Landscapes, ca. 1975, black-and-white photograph, 10 1/2 x 9". From the series “The World of Feelings and Imagination.”

Zofia Rydet

BROADWAY 1602 | Uptown

Zofia Rydet, Landscapes, ca. 1975, black-and-white photograph, 10 1/2 x 9". From the series “The World of Feelings and Imagination.”

If she is now remembered at all, Polish photographer Zofia Rydet (1911–97) is probably best known for “Zapis Socjologiczny” (Sociological Record), 1978–88. This epic cycle of images—her last—consists of more than thirty thousand negatives and documents the humble realities of Polish village life, focusing in particular on ordinary people at home. The black-and-white shots, though predictably gritty, aren’t quite as dry as their censuslike title suggests; many celebrate a surprising flair for interior decoration on the part of their otherwise unassuming subjects. “The World of Feelings and Imagination,” Rydet’s previous series from the 1970s, is more fanciful still, making use of photomontage to describe a fantastical landscape explicitly informed by Dada and Surrealism.

At Broadway 1602, eleven entries from “The World” were presented in conjunction with “THREAT,” a survey

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