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America is explicitly the subject of our most important phot ographers. Think of Walker Evans’  American Pictures\, Robert Fran k’s The Americans\, Stephen Shore’s American Surfaces\, J oel  Sternfeld’s  American Prospects\, and Mitch Epstein’s Ame rican Power. Each of these artists set out to picture what is changing and unchanging in America.  Some years ago Bruce Berman\, the prominent mo tion picture executive who is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures \, set out to assemble his image of America in a collection of works by the se and other photographers.  A selection of masterworks from the Berman col lection is the subject of this exhibition\, Everyday America.  It features over one hundred photographs by thirty one outstanding  photograph ers working from the 1930s through today.

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The photographers in this collection document\, celebrate\, and critique the everyday world in which we live. They introduce us to new ways of understanding America. These are not glossy images of powerful people. We are shown records of ordinary peo ple\, humble rooms\, unimpressive buildings. We are shown the struggles of everyday people creating their own spaces in places where everything will c ollapse. What we are shown is specifically American\; it could be nowhere e lse.

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The style of these pictures is called “documentary style.” Thi s approach is as much an ethic as an aesthetic. It is born of a belief that the truth is revealed not in dramatic composition or extraordinary moments but in flat-footed slow regard of details perceived while in awareness of a whole. It is a paradoxical stance. As Doug Dubois has said\, “in my most intimate photographs there is a detachment that speaks of my isolation.”  A s Colin Westerbeck has written\, “the reverse is also true: even in the mos t detached photographs of this type there is an intimacy that speaks of the photographer’s involvement.”

DTEND:20130323 DTSTAMP:20141221T042147 DTSTART:20130221 GEO:40.7501399;-74.003542 LOCATION:Steven Kasher Gallery\,515 West 26th Street \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:EVERYDAY AMERICA: Photographs from the Berman Collection\, Margaret Bourke-White\, Harry Callahan\, William Christenberry\, William Clift\, Ja ck Delano\, William Eggleston\, Mitch Epstein\, Walker Evans\, Robert Frank \, Todd Hido\, Evelyn Hofer\, John Humble\, David Husom\, Birney Imes\, Dor othea Lange\, Russell Lee\, Helen Levitt\, Martin Parr\, Christian Patterso n\, Gene Petersen\, Sheron Rupp\, Stephen Shore\, Aaron Siskind\, Joel Ster nfeld\, John Szarkowski\, George Tice\, John Vachon\, Chris Verene\, Camilo José Vergara\, James Welling\, Henry Wessel UID:260074 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130221T200000 DTSTAMP:20141221T042147 DTSTART:20130221T180000 GEO:40.7501399;-74.003542 LOCATION:Steven Kasher Gallery\,515 West 26th Street \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:EVERYDAY AMERICA: Photographs from the Berman Collection\, Margaret Bourke-White\, Harry Callahan\, William Christenberry\, William Clift\, Ja ck Delano\, William Eggleston\, Mitch Epstein\, Walker Evans\, Robert Frank \, Todd Hido\, Evelyn Hofer\, John Humble\, David Husom\, Birney Imes\, Dor othea Lange\, Russell Lee\, Helen Levitt\, Martin Parr\, Christian Patterso n\, Gene Petersen\, Sheron Rupp\, Stephen Shore\, Aaron Siskind\, Joel Ster nfeld\, John Szarkowski\, George Tice\, John Vachon\, Chris Verene\, Camilo José Vergara\, James Welling\, Henry Wessel UID:262467 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR