John Vachon
Lincoln, Nebraska, 1940    
Dye transfer, printed 1985
10 x 13 inches

Sheron Rupp
Untitled (Early 35mm/family/man Hugging Young Children in front of House), Utica, Ohio, 1983    
Chromogenic dye coupler, printed 1990s
20 x 24 inches

Chris Verene
My Cousin Candi's Wedding With Her Two Favorite Customers From the Sirloin Stockade, 1993    
Chromogenic dye coupler, printed ca. 2002
24 x 20 inches

John Humble
719 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice (Thrift Store),
May 13, 1995     
Chromogenic development dye coupler, printed 2003
31 x 39 1/2 inches

Todd Hido
Untitled #2621, 2000    
Chromogenic dye coupler mounted to aluminum, printed ca. 2000
38 x 30 inches 

Birney Imes
The Social Inn, Gunnison, 1989    
Chromogenic dye coupler with matte finish, printed ca. 2003
29 x 37 inches

Mitch Epstein
Ybor City, Florida (Mother with Brown Paper Bag), 1983    
Chromogenic dye coupler, printed ca. 2005
20 x 24 inches 

Joel Sternfeld
Twelve Tribes Community, Basin Farm, Bellows Falls, Vermont, June, 2005    
Chromogenic dye coupler mounted to board, printed ca. 2005
26 ½  x 33 ¼ inches 

Terry Evans
Backyard Pools, Frankfort Square, Will County, September 17, 2003    
Archival inkjet, printed ca. 2003
19 x 19 inches 

Mitch Epstein
Untitled (Bakery Shop Window), New York City, 1996    
Vintage chromogenic dye coupler, printed 1997
20 x 30 inches

Mitch Epstein
Couple Window Shopping, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1973    
Chromogenic dye coupler, printed ca. 2005
20 x 24 inches 

Walker Evans
Untitled (Children in Vacant Lot, "Church of God in Christ" Signage on Brick Wall), Chicago, 1946    
Vintage gelatin silver, printed ca. 1946
7 x 8 inches

Walker Evans
Untitled (Man on Cart) Faukner Country, Mississippi, 1948    
Vintage gelatin silver, printed 1948
6 ½  x 7 ½ inches

PRESS RELEASE

Everyday America: Photographs from the Berman Collection
Exhibition: February 21st – March 23rd, 2013
Opening Reception: February 21st, 6-8 PM

America is explicitly the subject of our most important photographers. Think of Walker Evans’  American Pictures, Robert Frank’s The Americans, Stephen Shore’s American Surfaces, Joel  Sternfeld’s  American Prospects, and Mitch Epstein’s American Power. Each of these artists set out to picture what is changing and unchanging in America.  Some years ago Bruce Berman, the prominent motion picture executive who is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures, set out to assemble his image of America in a collection of works by these and other photographers.  A selection of masterworks from the Berman collection is the subject of this exhibition, Everyday America.  It features over one hundred photographs by thirty one outstanding  photographers working from the 1930s through today.

The photographers in this collection document, celebrate, and critique the everyday world in which we live. They introduce us to new ways of understanding America. These are not glossy images of powerful people. We are shown records of ordinary people, humble rooms, unimpressive buildings. We are shown the struggles of everyday people creating their own spaces in places where everything will collapse. What we are shown is specifically American; it could be nowhere else.

The style of these pictures is called “documentary style.” This approach is as much an ethic as an aesthetic. It is born of a belief that the truth is revealed not in dramatic composition or extraordinary moments but in flat-footed slow regard of details perceived while in awareness of a whole. It is a paradoxical stance. As Doug Dubois has said, “in my most intimate photographs there is a detachment that speaks of my isolation.”  As Colin Westerbeck has written, “the reverse is also true: even in the most detached photographs of this type there is an intimacy that speaks of the photographer’s involvement.”

The artists in the exhibition are:

Margaret Bourke-White
Harry Callahan
William Christenberry
William Clift
Jack Delano
William Eggleston
Mitch Epstein
Walker Evans
Robert Frank
Todd Hido

 

Evelyn Hofer
John Humble
David Husom
Birney Imes
Dorothea Lange
Russell Lee
Helen Levitt
Martin Parr
Christian Patterson
Gene Petersen

Sheron Rupp
Stephen Shore
Aaron Siskind
Joel Sternfeld
John Szarkowski
George Tice
John Vachon
Chris Verene
Camilo José Vergara
James Welling
Henry Wessel

Everyday America: Photographs from the Berman Collection will be on view February 21st through March 23rd, 2013. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information or press requests please contact Christiona Owen at 212 966 3978 or christiona@stevenkasher.com.