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Photojournalist Walker Evans (American, 1903 – 1975) was one of the great observers of American culture during an era of seismic changes. His photographs endure as icons in the history of photography, as does his famous mantra, “Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” Karen Haas, Lane Collection Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, took this to heart when she was asked to assemble an exhibit featuring Boston area emerging photographers at City Hall. The photographers she selected for the group show “STARE” explore “prolonged looking” in delightful and unusual ways. The exhibit is on view in the Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall (open Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm) through June 27th, 2017.
The photographs represent a fairly broad range of subjects, executed with superbly imaginative viewpoints. On the day I visited, I found myself especially drawn to emblematically urban scenes. From skyscrapers to street level and below, here are some examples of the inventive ways in which Boston area photographers embrace city life.
Photographers in the STARE exhibit include: Jeremy Ackman, Emily Belz, Meg Birnbaum, Daniel Cantwell, Christine Collins, Charan Devereaux, Yorgos Efthymiadis, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Hank Hauptmann, Andrew Janjigian, Greg Jundanian, Jaclyn Kain, Molly Lamb, Susan Lapides, Tony Luong, Alysia Macaulay, Sarah Malakoff, Brittany Marcoux, Greer Muldowney, Bruce Myren, Greg Norstrom, Anthony Pagliuca, Oscar Palacio, Toni Pepe, Camilo Ramirez, Melissa Rivard, Eduardo L. Rivera, Sumiah Salloum, Tara Sellios, Jennifer Smith, and Cassandra Zampini.
Feature Image: “Main Street, Ossining, NY, 1932” (Detail) by Walker Evans (courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, NY).