5 Photography Exhibitions to See This Fall

Alex Prager,  Orchestra East, Section B, 2016  Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Alex Prager,  Orchestra East, Section B, 2016  Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

From modern dance to postwar portraits, here are this fall’s must-see exhibitions in New York.

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Bruce Conner’s Rebellion

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In film and photography, the genre-defying artist confronted American life in the Atomic Age.

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Photography is Miraculous

John Dugdale, Self Portrait with Lilacs for Walt Whitman, 1999. Cyanotype. Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery
John Dugdale, Self Portrait with Lilacs for Walt Whitman, 1999. Cyanotype. Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery

Kaja Silverman revises the history of a deceptive medium.

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Viral Images Ignite Calls for Social Change

On August 6, 1988, New York City police attempted to enforce a curfew during a rally held at Tompkins Square Park. The police violently broke up the rally; videographer and artist Clayton Patterson filmed the event on his VHS camcorder. His footage captured multiple incidents of police brutality, leading to the indictment of six police officers.  Patterson later appeared on Oprah, held up his camcorder, and declared, “This is a revolutionary tool. Little Brother is watching Big Brother.” New York City, 1988, courtesy of Clayton Patterson.
On August 6, 1988, New York City police attempted to enforce a curfew during a rally held at Tompkins Square Park. The police violently broke up the rally; videographer and artist Clayton Patterson filmed the event on his VHS camcorder. His footage captured multiple incidents of police brutality, leading to the indictment of six police officers.  Patterson later appeared on Oprah, held up his camcorder, and declared, “This is a revolutionary tool. Little Brother is watching Big Brother.” New York City, 1988, courtesy of Clayton Patterson.

An exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center considers the impact of citizen journalism.

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Subversive Novelist Seeks Her Muse in Pictures

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09_Hujar_Joseph-Raffael-at-the-Botanical-Gardens,-1956

In San Francisco, the author of the controversial novel A Little Life stages an exhibition about loneliness and beauty.

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Arbus Before Arbus

Diane Arbus, Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C., 1956 © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.
Diane Arbus, Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C., 1956 © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC.

A new exhibition at the Met Breuer, featuring previously unseen prints, reveals the early impulses of a modern master.

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Revisiting the Berlin Wall

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In the 1960s, East German border troops photographed the entire length of the Berlin Wall. Fifty years later, a new book brings a secret archive to light.

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From Three African Photographers, A Diverse Vision of Urban Life

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Three-Photographers-Featured

An exhibition in Philadelphia explores African cities through street photography and portraiture.

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The Camera Selects the Man

Sans titre © Gerard P. Fieret, 1965-1975. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Courtesy Estate of Gerard Petrus Fieret
Sans titre © Gerard P. Fieret, 1965-1975. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Courtesy Estate of Gerard Petrus Fieret

In a retrospective at LE BAL in Paris, Gerard Petrus Fieret’s subversive images reveal the libertine atmosphere of 1960s Europe.

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