Save the Village
Through March 8, 2014
Fred W. McDarrah's legend lives through his works. The now iconic frames stand to prove that McDarrah was at the front line of cultural revolutions and movements that have become history. As the first photo editor and only staff photographer of the Village Voice, McDarrah went everywhere armed with his camera. He photographed the artists, writers, musicians, and actors who frequented the bars, theaters, art galleries, and cafes in Greenwich Village. He documented political rallies, gay rights, feminism, and the anti-war movement. McDarrah's street and studio portraits of downtown luminaries, local politicians and bohemian celebrities that later became definitive. His simple, direct style makes the moments feel both candid and awaited, and this lends an air of freshness to the works that endures. It's amazing now to look at these frames and think that McDarrah was often the only photographer interested in these subjects at the time they were made. McDarrah's sense of the moment still astonishes. He was a man attuned to his day and age, and his images are now not just record but legacy of socio-cultural movements in the American historical landscape.
This exhibition with Steven Kasher Gallery will include a hand-selected 130 works from the nearly 250,000 images that compose McDarah's oeuvre.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Steven Kasher Gallery
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Image Information: Demolition of Artist's Studio, Greenwich Avenue, May 19, 1960, copyright Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York