Preview of ICP Summer Exhibitions
ELLIOTT ERWITT: PERSONAL BEST
A major retrospective showcasing the career of photographer and filmmaker Elliott Erwitt, the 2011 ICP Infinity Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient. Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century including the iconic “kitchen debate” between Nikita Khrushchev and President Richard Nixon, portraits of Che Guevara as well as Marilyn Monroe, his famous canine images, and astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit, and his special sense of humor.
HIROSHIMA: GROUND ZERO 1945
After the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb’s deadly effect. President Truman dispatched 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the U.S. This exhibition includes approximately sixty contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in the collection of the International Center of Photography.
RUTH GRUBER, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Ruth Gruber, a dedicated writer, correspondent, photojournalist, and humanitarian, has devoted her life to rescue and sanctuary for refugees. Now nearly 100, and recipient of the 2011 ICP Infinity Awards Cornell Capa Award, she has over her long career battled injustice, using as tools both writing and images, her typewriter and her camera. This exhibition includes images from Alaska, Cyprus, Soviet Arctic, Ethiopia, and the ship Exodus 1947.
Remarks at 12:15 p.m.
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