20.02.14 - 17.04.14 Sarah Moon - About Colour

05.12.13 - 14.02.14 Bradford Washburn

18.09.13 - 31.10.13 Miyako Ishiuchi

05.07.13 - 30.08.13 Gunnar Smoliansky

13.06.13 - 29.06.13 The Late Chelsea Flower Show

02.04.13 - 11.06.13 Brett Weston - Nudes and Dunes

13.02.13 - 28.03.13 Josef Hoflehner - Jet Airliner and Ha...

12.12.12 - 09.02.13 Finders Keepers

22.06.12 - 22.08.12 Ellen von Unwerth - Do Not Disturb

20.04.12 - 26.05.12 Christer Strömholm

24.02.12 - 31.03.12 Hisaji Hara

02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions

07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem

09.07.11 - 24.09.11 Made in Hungary

24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series

09.12.10 - 31.01.11 Leopoldo Pomés - Vintage Prints

22.10.10 - 20.11.10 Mary McCartney

09.09.10 - 16.10.10 Shomei Tomatsu

30.06.10 - 21.08.10 Russia! Boris Savelev, Nicolay Bakhar...

28.04.10 - 26.06.10 Miroslav Tichy

14.01.10 - 25.04.10 Fernand Fonssagrives

04.12.09 - 15.04.10 Winter/Spring Newsletter

25.11.09 - 09.01.10 Weegee-It's a crime to take photogra...

14.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein

02.07.09 - 02.12.09 Summer Newsletter

19.06.09 - 13.10.09 A Gallerist's Choice-Group Show

21.04.09 - 26.06.09 Boris Savelev- 31 years

11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi -1906 to the Skin/Yok...

18.02.09 - 07.03.09 Sergei Vasiliev-Russian Criminal Tattoos

05.02.09 - 01.07.09 Spring/Summer Newsletter

25.11.08 - 20.01.09 Secret City

16.10.08 - 22.11.08 Sarah Moon - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

22.09.08 - 01.01.09 Mixed Show

03.09.08 - 11.10.08 Lucien Hervé

01.08.08 - 18.09.08 Jones Beach - Joseph Szabo

12.06.08 - 01.09.08 Miroslav Tichy

01.06.08 - 15.07.08 Ruth Orkin

17.04.08 - 07.06.08 The New York School

22.02.08 - 05.04.08 Mirella Ricciardi

06.12.07 - 26.01.08 The Bold and the Beautiful

04.10.07 - 01.12.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...

12.09.07 - 29.09.07 LONDON - Matthew Pillsbury

02.07.07 - 04.08.07 Dr. Harold Edgerton

28.06.07 - 01.08.07 Alfred Eisenstaedt

01.06.07 - 27.06.07 Colin Jones - The Black House

26.04.07 - 17.06.07 Edward Quinn - A Day's Work

03.02.07 - 14.04.07 Fashion

01.02.07 - 10.03.07 Hunter S. Thompson - Gonzo

29.11.06 - 03.01.07 Peter Beard - Time's Up

26.10.06 - 03.11.06 Flip Shulke - Hero

12.10.06 - 14.11.06 David Parker – Sirens II

12.09.06 - 07.10.06 Emil Otto Hoppé - Hoppé's London

23.05.06 - 01.07.06 Botanicals

11.05.06 - 17.06.06 Miroslav Tichy & Jacques Henry Lartigue

01.09.05 - 01.10.05 Ken Griffiths - Three Gorges

23.04.05 - 31.05.05 Sarah Moon - Circus

08.03.05 - 06.04.05 Joseph Szabo - Teenage

24.11.04 - 31.01.05 Peter Beard - Living Sculpture

04.11.04 - 15.01.05 Matthew Pilsbury - Screen Lives

15.09.04 - 30.10.04 David Parker - Sirens

20.11.03 - 17.01.04 Photographs from the Bauhaus


For past exhibitions at Michael Hoppen Contemporary click here

The New York School

17.04.08 - 07.06.08

Central Park, New York, 1960
© Neil Libbert

Vintage silver gelatin print

15x23cm

Between the late 1930s and the early 1960s a group of young photographers living and working in New York City redefined street photography. This group of artists became known as The New York School.

These photographers documented the post war energy and exotic chaos of New York City as it evolved from the crisis years of the Great Depression and the Second World War through to the social turbulence of the early seventies. Most of them worked on magazines but it was their personal work that stood them apart. They captured the choreography of the city from the sidewalks of downtown, to the intensity of Times Square, the isolation and elegance of the architecture and the mass of humanity at Coney Island. Many of the New York School identified with the values of film noir, stylish low-key black and white images with a certain moral ambiguity. Their style utlilised the methods of documentary journalism, small cameras, available light and a sense of the fleeting and candid and yet they rejected the anecdotal descriptiveness of most photojournalism.

Many had attended workshops at Richard Avedon’s studio often taught by their mentor Alexei Brodovitch, who had totally re-invented photography, design and layout within the confines of Harpers Bazaar magazine. Many went on to become legendary in their chosen fields of photography.

“Photography is the art of the split second. Speed, the fundamental condition of our present day activities, is its power. The photographer works fast within the second he has to see, to select and to act. The small camera is his ideal too. Its art value is enhanced by qualities which have been variously described as journalistic, documentary, candid: it is the means of detecting and revealing the reality surrounding us.” Lisette Model.








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