...on Street Photography

Posted by Mark A. Johnson | Posted on Sunday, April 25, 2010


I was recently part of a group photographers who were treated to a guided tour of Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography, 1940–1959 by the exhibition organizer and curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Lisa Hostetler. She was thoroughly engaging both in the presentation of the exhibition and in her personal insights provided during the tour.

I'm intrigued by and can relate to the styles, or rather, how the featured photographers (Lisette Model, Louis Faurer, Ted Croner, Saul Leiter, William Klein, and Robert Frank) shied from the classic styles of the period, in favor of a more immediate and fluid approach to photography. Lisa notes that the artists "viewed photography as an “act of living”—an exploration of identity rather than a tool for telling a story"; it's in that connection to the moment and the resulting emotions, that the story is told.

Street photograph, Milan Italy.

Although the exhibition closes in Milwaukee today, I would strongly recommend the exhibition catalog which can be purchased here.

Thanks to CoPA, the Milwaukee Art Museum and to Lisa Hostetler for arranging and hosting the guided tour.

...on the CoPA Gallery Night Members Exhibit

Posted by Mark A. Johnson | Posted in , , , | Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2010


Supporting the 22-year-old Milwaukee tradition of Gallery Night and Day CoPA is hosting it's members exhibit at the P.H. Dye House in the Historic Third Ward.

With more than 200 images from over 80 artists, it's an amazing collection of photographic art and is sure to hold interest for both the experienced art connoisseur and beginning admirer.

The three images I'm showing explore the polarities of form and space, featuring an unseen juxtaposition of light, as each element was shot during the day (with the exception of the moon in the loch composite).

The show is open again on 23rd & 24th of April - so come along it would be great to see you!