Organ grinder, Boston, 1955

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1955

GUSN

GUSN-194391

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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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

streetscapes
storefronts
boys
commercial buildings
business (commercial function)
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.058

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Subjects

Organ grinders

Accruals Note

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

Description Level

Item