Norman Parkinson Archive

New York in Color

3 February to 17 March 2012, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York


New York in Color

Young Velvets, Young Prices. US Vogue, 1949

Group exhibition which includes Norman Parkinson's iconic image of models on top of the Condé Nast building.

Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to announce New York in Color, an exhibition of photographs by artists including: Bruce Davidson, Ernst Haas, Saul Leiter, Helen Levitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Marvin Newman, Norman Parkinson and numerous others. The exhibition captures the visual spirit of New York through a wide array of vibrant, romantic, graphic, and consistently colourful images that describe the city in ways not achievable through a monochromatic palette.

It was not until the 1950s that color film offered an accessible artistic medium; prior to that time color photography was a medium primarily confined to fashion, advertising and low quality family snapshots. In fact, there was resistance to color photography in the artistic community and a distinct bias against its use by many in the field. But over the next few decades, as the visual environment of New York increased in intensity as a result of the convergence of commerce and technology, advances in color photography kept pace and a new acceptance for the medium evolved. Many photographers began to experiment with color and the results were striking.

A myriad of artists and approaches are present in the exhibition, each image possessing its own particular style, emotional state and palette. From the soft, lyrical tones of Helen Levitt's children and the intensely, saturated spectrum of Bruce Davidson's subway, to the graphic compositions of Jeff Mermelstein and Jerry Dantzic, to the focal manipulations of Susan Wides and staged tableaux of Gail Albert Halaban, the exhibition radiates visual dynamism and artistic innovation.

The exhibition was inspired and co-curated by Bob Shamis, photographic historian, independent curator, photographer and author of the recent publication, New York in Color upon which the exhibition was based.