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Soaped window, Boston, 1953

PC044.TMP.031 (RS81110)

Description

Reed has described his interest in the calligraphic quality of these random scratches on a soaped window. Images such as this were at the center of much of the creative photography in Boston in the 1950s. Most often referred to as "subjective" in style, it was an approach to photography that paralleled Abstract Expressionism in the United States and l'art informel in Europe. Essentially, this approach combined the realism inherent in photography with the abstract and expressive goals of contemporary art. Often this effect was gained, as here, through the close-up examination of a subject that became abstract when stripped of its larger context.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1953
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
194074
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.031

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
Abstract (fine arts style)
windows
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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