I was thinking about things to do this weekend and things are looking up with the weather (and if today is any indication, it’s going to be gorgeous). But in the backup rainy day “things to do category” is the (relatively) new exhibit on street photography over at the National Gallery of Art.
Street photography has always been fascinating to me – and if anything, the style I veer to towards the most. I love posed, bright photographs full of life, sure, but to me, a lot of life takes place as people are actually going about their daily business of living. Maybe it’s why I have such a hard time posing people and prefer to “spy” a bit from afar.
Faster, smaller cameras started making catching moments on the street possible, and with the advent of digital and the blogosphere, street photography seems to be more about capturing fashion rather than capturing life. But this is an exhibit dedicated to the roots of street photography and features 90 pieces from photographers like Harry Callahan and Walker Evans amongst others. And the collection spans an impressive 1938-2010 – though part of me wonders whether you can really capture all the different phases of street photography from this time period in only 90 works.
And it’s okay if it doesn’t rain right away this weekend – the exhibit is on until August 5th. And if you can’t make the exhibit, download the super cool “digital brochure” on the works and background.
“I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street”
until August 5th
National Gallery of Art
On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Ground Floor
Photography Credits: 1// Bruce Davidson ; 2//Walker Evans; 3//Bruce Davidson; 4//Walker Evans; 5//Walker Evans; 6//Bruce Davidson