Humanist and activist Ruddy Roye, displayed his series of images “When Living is a Protest” at the Steven Kasher gallery. His images deliver the oppression faced by racial minorities in society. Specifically, he focuses on African Americans. Each image is followed by a recount of his encounter with the person in the image. Before reading the story, the image is open to interpretation. This gives the image a powerful voice. One image in particular portrayed an African American man in front of a wall with the American flag. However, there are no white stripes or stars on the flag. This could mean that African Americans are underrepresented in society and until this day, they face discrimination. The man tilts his head and looks up at the sky, which gives a pondering feeling and sympathy.
“To me, photography is the art of observation.” -Elliott Erwitt
One of the prolific photographers of the 2oth century, Elliott Erwitt captured some of the most famous events of modern history with his poignant eye and subtle wit, forever etching his perspective to our national memory.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a press preview of Erwitt’s latest exhibition, (Personal Best), opening today at the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is a selection of 100 photographs that Erwitt has called his “favorites”. From somber reflections on world-changing events to witty juxtapositions that find humor in the everyday, the freshness and vitality of Erwitt’s images transcend time and communicate universal truth and beauty in way that can be appreciated by all.
But, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves. I’ve selected my three favorite from the exhibition. If you like the images you see below, check out (Personal Best) on view at ICP until August 28th. (Hit up High 5 for 2-for-$5 passes!)