Photography in Society: Then and Now

Ethan Levitas, "Frame 21" from "Photographs in 3 Acts", 2012

Ethan Levitas, "Frame 21" from "Photographs in 3 Acts", 2012

Photography has become more and more prevalent in recent years as people use their cameras on a daily basis and consistently share their images on social media. While there are a lot more images being created these days, our themes and impulses still aren't that far off from the images captured in photography's early days. An exhibition at the New York Public Library, titled "Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography", shows some of these connections. Through historical and contemporary photographs you can see our desire to capture views of the people, places, and moments in our lives. 

Some of the photographers in the exhibition include Eugene Atget, Dinanda Nooney, Dorothea LangeEsther Bubley, Arne Svenson, and many more. It's a great opportunity to see how photographs have changed and remained the same through all these years. 

How Artists Make Work In The Studio

Jeff Wall -  Picture for Women , 1973

Jeff Wall - Picture for Women, 1973

Having a creative space to make art is an essential for many artists and it has been for centuries. In two of their New York City galleries Gagosian Gallery currently is showcasing artists' work made "In the Studio". Their Upper East Side location at 980 Madison Ave is dedicated to photography.  Curator Peter Galassi gathered an extensive range of photographers with 143 photographs ranging from 1856 to the late 20th century.  Through varied time periods and approaches, Galassi divides the show into three themes, including "Pose and Persona" (including photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, and more), "Four Studios" (including photographs by Andre Kertesz, Lucas Samaras, and more), and "An Embarrassment of Images" (including photographs by Weegee, Robert Rauschenburg, and more).  While the exhibition offers a glimpse of artwork from numerous renowned photographers, it also offers a chance to see how artists use their studios to find inspiration and how this dedicated space allows them to make their work. 

See more about the show at Or visit the exhibition in person through April 18, 2015.