Monday, 8 October 2012

Golden years in Black and White

How was your weekend?  Mine? Colourful, to say the least. I love autumn. Especially sunny Saturdays in October. Especially FREE sunny Saturdays in October. Standing in the middle of Zurich train station in the middle of the day and looking at the bright blue board with train schedules: Where to go? Why not Lausanne today?   I love Lausanne in autumn, with the Lavaux vineyards turning all shades of gold and red.

And I love Lausanne every first Saturday of each month, when all museums open their doors for free. Musée de l’Elysée - a museum for photography - is displaying Howard Greenberg collection these days (21.09.12 - 06.01.13)

"Howard Greenberg has been a gallery owner for thirty years now and is considered today one of the pillars of the New York photography scene. While his role as a dealer is well established, less is known about his passion for collecting. It has remained quite confidential and is now being exposed".

Perhaps the collecting was confidential, but nothing is confidential about the collectibles being exposed: we all know them since decades, from Art books and Photo catalogues.  

Ruth Orkin, American Girl in Italy, 1951 © Ruth Orkin. Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Collection

Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam)  by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in 1932.
Confrontation between a flower and the bayonets of soldiers guarding the pentagon during the march for peace in Vietnam, Washington DC, 1967. Riboud, Marc (Born 1923)

Greenberg's collection is the XXth century through the lens of a camera.

Have a colorful week.

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