Soaped window, Boston, 1953

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1953

GUSN

GUSN-194074

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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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Descriptive Terms

windows
Abstract (fine arts style)
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC044

Collection Name

Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972

Reference Code

PC044.TMP.031

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Accruals Note

Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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