Community In Urban Photography

Repeating Islands


There is still time to see “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography,” an exhibition featuring ten artists whose pieces reflect on the state of urban America between the 1960s and early 1980s. This exhibition opened on May 12, 2017, and continues through August 6, 2017, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) located at 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC. “Down These Mean Streets”was put together by E. Carmen Ramos, SAAM’s deputy chief curator and curator of Latino art. [Shown above: Puerto Rican artist Hiram Maristany’s “Hydrant: In the Air,” 1963.]

Description: America’s urban streets have long inspired documentary photographers. After World War II, populations shifted from the city to the suburbs and newly built highways cut through thriving neighborhoods, leaving isolated pockets within major urban centers. As neighborhoods started to decline in the 1950s, the photographers in this exhibition found ways to…

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