FotoWeekDC at the Phillips


  • The Phillips Collection 1600 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States
Bruce Davidson, Man with Two Girls on Shoulders (East 100th Street series), between 1966 and 1968. Gelatin silver print, 11 in x 14 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Gift of Saul E. Levi, 2013

Bruce Davidson, Man with Two Girls on Shoulders (East 100th Street series), between 1966 and 1968. Gelatin silver print, 11 in x 14 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Gift of Saul E. Levi, 2013

On view this fall at the Phillips are 11 outstanding Aaron Siskind Harlem photographs, recent gifts to the museum, from 1937 and 1940. Siskind’s documentary photographs of Harlem from the 1930s are considered iconic visual statements distinguished by his innate humanism. While northern racism, poverty, religion, and recreation in the minority neighborhoods of New York City were Siskind’s focus, by 1936 he was especially intent on documenting the conditions of Harlem where a quarter of a million people lived in a 202-square block area.
 
In addition, three Bruce Davidson photographs from his 1966-68 East 100th Street Series and his 1962 series Time of Change (The South) will be on view alongside Siskind’s photographs.  They provide a fascinating update to Siskind’s Harlem series more than 20 years later.