Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce the exhibition “The City Of New York”, an extensive survey of more than 60 classic photographs portraying the iconic city as captured by renowned photographers.
The City of New York, most often called New York City, is the most populous city in the United States, in a metropolitan area that ranks among the world's most-populous urban areas. It is a leading global city, exerting a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, and entertainment. The city is also an important center for international affairs, hosting the United Nations headquarters.
New York is the birthplace of many cultural movements, including literature and visual art; it gave rise to abstract expressionism (also known as the New York School) in painting, and in music: jazz, hip hop, punk, salsa, and disco. It is also the home of Broadway theater and the Metropolitan Opera, and has boasted of several memorable sporting events, teams, and superstars, including the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees, historic boxing matches, and the fabled Belmont stakes. New York City is exceptionally diverse, with nearly 170 languages spoken and more than one-third of its population born outside the United States. New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles, although the building form most closely associated with New York City is the skyscraper.
The city is sometimes referred to as "The City That Never Sleeps" due to its extensive 24-hour subway system and constant bustling of traffic and people.
All of these features have made the City itself, its buildings, people, streets, and the daily human experience, a compelling subject for photographers for over 100 years. Gathered together in this exhibition for the first time are evocative photographs made by over 30 photographers, covering the gamut from iconic and monumental to tender and personal images.
Featured in the exhibition are photographs by Berenice Abbott, Eddie Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Cornell Capa, Ted Croner, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Vivian Cherry, Andreas Feininger, Paul Flaggmann, Ernst Haas, Brian Hamill, Bill Ray, Carolyn Schaefer, Steve Schapiro, and many, many others. Subjects photographed include the Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, the old Pennsylvania Station, The Flatiron Building, the Statue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium, and the World Trade Towers; Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, John Lennon, Woody Allen; and the details of people on their daily rounds.