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Walker Evans, Negro Church, South Carolina, 1936 © Library of Congress. Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Collection

Leon Levinstein, Fifth Avenue, ca 1959 © Howard Greenberg Gallery. Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Collection

Ruth Orkin, American Girl in Italy, 1951 © Ruth Orkin. Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Collection

Howard Greenberg, Collection

21.09.201206.01.2013

Howard Greenberg has been a gallery owner for thirty years now and is considered today one of the pillars of the New York photography scene. While his role as a dealer is well established, less is known about his passion for collecting. It has remained quite confidential and is now being exposed.

This collection of over 500 photographs was patiently built over the last thirty years and stands out for the high quality of its prints. A set of some 120 works will be exhibited for the first time at the Musée de l’Elysée, displaying different aspects of Howard Greenberg’s interests, from the Modern aesthetics approach of the 20s and 30s with works by Edward Steichen, Edward Weston or the Czech School to Contemporary photographers such as Minor White, Harry Callahan and Robert Frank. Humanist photography is particularly well represented, including among others, Lewis Hine and David Seymour. An important section is dedicated to  the Farm Security Administration’s photographers, who where witnesses to the Great Depression years of the 30s, such as Walker Evans or Dorothea Lange. Above all, the collection demonstrates the great influence of New York in the history of 20th century photography: architecture and urban life are conveyed in the images of Berenice Abbott, Weegee, Leon Levinstein, Lee Friedlander.

Commending its work and significance, and wishing to make his private collection available to a wider audience, Howard Greenberg selected the Musée de l’Elysée to display his collection.

The Musée de l’Elysée and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson jointly produce this exhibition and the catalogue, published by Steidl, includes a conversation between Howard Greenberg and Sam Stourdzé. This publication was made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Musée de l’Elysée.

 

Artists :

Berenice Abbott, Eddie Adams, Robert Adams, Pal Funk Paul Angelo, Diane Arbus, Lillian Bassman, Werner Bischof, Margaret Bourke-White, Bill Brandt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Claude Cahun, Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Ted Croner, Bruce Davidson, Roy DeCarava, Frantisek Drtikol, Harold E. Edgerton, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Lee Friedlander, Jaromir Funke, Frank Gohlke, Sid Grossman, Dave Heath, Lewis Hine, Raymond Jacobs, Consuelo Kanaga, André Kertesz, Yevgeny Khaldey, Imre Kinszki, William Klein, Josef Koudelka, Dorothea Lange, Jan Lauschmann, Russel Lee, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Sol Libsohn, Jerome Liebling, Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ray K. Metzker, Hansel Mieth, Gjon Mili, Lisette Model, Charles Moore, Martin Munkácsi, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Marion Post-Wolcott, Marc Riboud, Jacob Riis, Alexander Rodchenko, Milton Rogovin, Jaroslav Rossler, Arthur Rothstein, Peter Sekaer, David Seymour dit « Chim », Ben Shahn, Aaron Siskind, William Eugene Smith, Frederick Sommer, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Karl Struss, Jindrich Styrsky, Josef Sudek, John Vanderpant, Roman Vishniac, Weegee, Dan Weiner, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, Minor White, Garry Winogrand, Hamilton Wright.