This exhibition of forty photographs by the left-leaning, Depression-era photographer Sid Grossmana cofounder of the influential Photo League cooperative and schoolfelt oddly timely. Grossman, who died in 1955 at the age of forty-two, was a pioneer of street photography in the United States, creating all-too-human images that focused on ostensibly anonymous individualsthe nameless folks we might encounter in the course of everyday life. In Grossman’s hands, each of these people is a hauntingly specific presence, each unique, each radiant with character. Consider, for example, the laughing bathers peering at us in Coney Island, 1947, or the more serious woman in Oklahoma, 1940, her legs seeming to cross as she steps out of a store surrounded by garish cola advertisements. Some of his subjects are sufferingmany live in wretched conditionsbut they often
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