FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Exhibition: November 15 - December 22, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday November 15, 6-8pm
This exhibition continues Steven Kasher Gallery’s exploration of the intersections of photography with histories of struggle and empowerment. War Death Protest Love: An Important Collection of Photojournalism brings together many of the major icons of 20thCentury photojournalism -- juxtaposed with their lesser-known variants. The show will feature over 120 graphic vintage press prints with their original captions. The attempt is to reproduce the overwhelming emotional impact of the photographic archive we carry in our heads and to disrupt our collective memories by showing the images from another perspective.
The exhibition features series of photographs of (partial list):
The murder of Malcolm X
Charles Manson on trial
The shooting of George Wallace
The terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan
Al Capone with his family
Marilyn Monroe and the white dress
Hitler with Mussolini
The life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The explosion of the Hindenburg
The funeral of Huey Long
The protest self-immolations of Buddhist monks in Vietnam
The occasion for the exhibition is the discovery of an archive of over 60,000 press prints preserved by photographer Henry Scheafer (1908-2006). From 14 years old, Scheafer worked for the agency Atlantic and Pacific Photos, which was absorbed by Acme Newspictures, which was absorbed by UPI. In the late 1970s, Scheafer heard that the entire print archive was about to meet its demise in a dumpster. On a mission of historical recovery, he trucked the prints to his home, where they have remained until now.
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