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Organ grinder, Boston, 1955

PC044.TMP.058 (RS81137)

Description

Reed remembers well the afternoon he made this photograph. Every time he had the shot just right, the boy on the left would jump into the picture. Reed's frustration over this intrusion kept him from printing the image for many years. Yet, now we find that the boy adds a spark of interest. Reed is not allowed to be the sole observer--the boy's defiant gaze demands our attention and subverts any nostalgia that might have come from the organ grinder's image alone. Other bystanders add to the sense that the usual roles in street photography have been reversed--they watch Reed even as he watches them.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1955
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
194391
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.058

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
boys
business (commercial function)
commercial buildings
storefronts
streetscapes
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
Organ grinders
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Colonial Cafe
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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