It might have been someplace dark and seedy. Or it might just have been you older brother’s bedroom, the corner office or even the cookie jar on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t matter: it was somewhere you were told, in some fashion, not to go. But you went there anyway.
Radical Camera at the Columbus Museum of Art
Between the years of 1936 and 1951 America began to look inward. Poverty, racism, hunger and injustice prowled the streets. New portable cameras became a radical tool for awareness.
The New York Photo League, a group of New York photographers joined together with the intention of exposing social issues through their images. Photographs were taken on the streets of New York City and focused on everyday life. Every photograph, strikingly honest and extremely compelling.
Erika Stone, one of the remaining members of the New York Photo League explains, “We were all to the left, you know, we were all liberal and idealistic, but more in the connection with photography with wanting to use the medium to make the world a better place, to show how people lived, how people suffered.”
Stone’s work is among the forty artists being shown in the exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art. The Radical Camera is on display now through September 9 2012. You can also read more about Radical Camera at www.columbusmuseum.org.