Larry Silver Shows New York

Larry Silver’s show at the New-York Historical Society got a shout-out yesterday from the Wall Street Journal.

The Westport photographer’s images — 45 of them, all shot between 1949 and 1955 — are united by the theme of “lingering.”

They show “everyday New Yorkers” at the then-new UN, the old Penn Station, a D’Agostino grocery store, in subway cars, and staring into store windows.

"Boy on Rooftop," 1951

“Boy on Rooftop,” 1951

“There’s something about the black-and-white images, a meditative quality, that captures the era,” the story says.

“You get the sense that whether it was children rafting at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx or even the bright lights of Times Square, the city wasn’t the frenetic place that it is today.”

"Macy's Parade," 1951.

“Macy’s Parade,” 1951.

The WSJ piece opens with an anecdote of Silver taking shots of people showering outdoors at Compo Beach. A man objected to his girlfriend being photographed, and called the police.

A bystander talked to the officers. “I know this man,” she said. “He has a show at the New-York Historical Society.”

(Larry Silver’s show runs through December 4. To read the entire Wall Street Journal story, click here.)

Larry Silver, looking at his exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. (Photo/Ralph Gardner Jr. for the Wall Street Journal)

Larry Silver, looking at his exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. (Photo/Ralph Gardner Jr. for the Wall Street Journal)

4 responses to “Larry Silver Shows New York

  1. Congratulations Larry!!! Looks fantastic and the WSJ article underscores the impact of your extraordinary work!

  2. A small group of us living in Downtown NYC w/Westport, CT pasts will certainly be going to see this show, It looks fantastic, Thanks for posting!

  3. Sharon Paulsen

    Wow, I may have to take a look-see at this show!

    That photo of the kid is really moving, and the time period makes it all the more interesting.

    Thanks for this info Dan!

  4. Kathleen Bennewitz

    So happy for you Larry, and Gloria. Well deserved honor. Can’t wait to see it in person–and with you! We will need a bus for Westport field trip!
    You can also ck out NYHS exhibit online:
    http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/photographs-larry-silver-1949-%E2%80%93-1955