The International Center of Photography (ICP) has 3 wonderful shows up right now.

Elliot Erwitts: Personal Best

May 20–August 28, 2011

This major retrospective showcases the career of photographer and filmmaker Elliott Erwitt, the recipient of this year’s ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement. Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara. An active photographer since 1948, Erwitt sought out Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker in New York in the early 1950s, and they became his mentors. With Capa’s encouragement, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos in 1953.

 

Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945

May 20–August 28, 2011

After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb’s deadly effect. President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The goal of the Survey’s Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first “Ground Zero.”

Ruth Gruber, Photo Journalist

May 20-August 28, 2011

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist celebrates the life, vision, and heroic tenacity of one of the 20th century’s great humanitarians and photojournalists. A celebrated author, lecturer, and intrepid correspondent, Gruber was appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes in 1941 to report on conditions in the Alaska Territory. She captured some of the earliest color images of Alaska’s vast frontier, lives and customs of the native population, and conditions and experiences of American soldiers.

For more info on the exhibitions and location go to the ICP website.

 

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