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.
“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.”
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.)