AMERICAN MODERN: ABBOTT, EVENS, BOURKE-WHITE

Make sure you do not miss the opportunity to see first-hand the exhibition titled American Modern at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth.  This amazing collection of photographic images documents American history and offers new insight into the flourishing genre of documentary photography of the 1930’s.   These historic images were all created by three American artists responsible for the movement that changed photography, Bernice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White.

In the 1930s, American photographers pushed the genre of documentary photography to the forefront of public culture in the United States and onto the walls of newly opened museums and art galleries. Together, the careers of Abbott, Bourke-White, and Evans chronicle the fortunes of the medium during this important decade.

Each of the photographers used the documentary process to capture the classic moments in the era of the industrial age of America.  The subject matter captured by the lens blends architecture, industrial imagery, political circumstance and human emotion.  Contrast of how the Depression affected working Americans in the large urban industrial cities, as well as, small town farmers and their families.  Many of the images are familiar black and white classics that represent American culture and the evolution of photography.

In the age of digital photography and electronic manipulation of digital images today it is amazing to see quality photography captured on film and presented in its purest form.  You will leave the gallery with an absolute appreciation for each of these pioneers contribution to the art of photography.

American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White runs through January 02, 2011 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.  Admission is free.  cartermuseum.org

POSTED BY: dshankins

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