Wednesday, October 1, 2008

American Tintype

Taken by an Unidentified Photographer, this image is helpfully titled: [Decapitated Man with Head on a Platter], ca. 1865.
This is the standout image in the show "The American Tinytpe" currently up at the ICP, although [Unidentified Young Man with Bandaged Head] comes in a pretty close second place.
Identified Photographers Susan Meiselas, Cornell Capa and Eugene Smith fill the the other exhibition spaces. It is incredible to see so much of Meiselas's work all in once place for the first time. Here is a woman who never gets stuck in a rut- she moves from one worthy project to the next with agility, and never repeats herself.

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