Mixed Me­dia

Vin­tage Pho­to­jour­nal­ism at Mon­roe Gallery of Pho­tog­ra­phy

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One of the prints in the new ex­hibit at Mon­roe Gallery of Pho­tog­ra­phy de­pict s a solemn mo­ment in Robert F. Kennedy’s fu­neral at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery. But the dis­tinc­tive at­tribute of this ob­ject is on the re­verse, where there are nu­mer­ous stamps and no­ta­tions, such as “Used in Life June 16 1968 Spe­cial Edi­tion” and “Used Life Aus­tralia June 24 1968 p. 75.”

An old ar­gu­ment about the value of pho­to­graphic prints is that be­cause the neg­a­tives ex­ist, mul­ti­ple prints can be made. How­ever, each of the prints fea­tured in Vin­tage Pho­to­jour­nal­ism at Mon­roe Gallery has a his­tory, doc­u­mented on the re­verse, that goes back many decades. Be­cause pho­tog­ra­phers like Yale Joel, who pho­tographed the Kennedy fu­neral, worked on as­sign­ments for the next is­sue of Life, Time, or an­other mag­a­zine or news­pa­per, the prints were of­ten made im­me­di­ately, or just a few days af­ter the shot was taken. Many also bear ev­i­dence of the photo editor’s di­rec­tion re­gard­ing crop­ping and other pref­er­ences.

The gallery’s walls dis­play im­ages from the 1930s (Carl My­dans’ pho­tos of WPA demon­stra­tors at a Works Progress Ad­min­is­tra­tion strike) to the late 1970s (Ed­die Adams’ pic­tures of Viet­namese refugee “boat peo­ple”). Gallery owner Sid Mon­roe said some prints were ob­tained from the pho­tog­ra­phers or from late pho­tog­ra­phers’ es­tates, and oth­ers come from the Life ar­chive at the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter of Pho­tog­ra­phy in New York City.

Also in the show are Adams’ pho­tos from the Viet­nam War and a Paul Schutzer im­age of Martin Luther King shak­ing hands af­ter mak­ing an ad­dress at the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial. There are also candids of artist Pablo Pi­casso, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, Green Bay Pack­ers coach Vince Lom­bardi, and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Mont­gomery Clift, and Clark Gable on the set of the movie The Mis­fits.

Vin­tage Pho­to­jour­nal­ism opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Fri­day, Feb. 19, and con­tin­ues through April 17. The gallery is at 112 Don Gas­par Ave., 505-992- 0800. — Paul Wei­de­man

Martha Holmes: Danny Kaye, June Havoc, Humphrey Bog­art, and Lau­ren Ba­call at the House Un-Amer­i­can Ac­tiv­i­ties Com­mit­tee, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., 1947, ©Time Inc.; right, © Ed­die Adams: Viet­namese refugees, Gulf of Siam, Thanks­giv­ing Day, 1977; im­ages cour­tesy Mon­roe Gallery of Pho­tog­ra­phy

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