April 22, 2008
Fred Herzog. Three Theaters, 1957.
That is some gorgeous photo. Over the cacophony of the neon signs and street lights, the typefaces on the signs are like candles in the night. This photo is from 1957 and it shows in the letterforms, but in many ways it seems totally contemporary to me. The gallery site says “Perfectly composed and atmospheric, the people and places that Herzog captured in the 1950’s and 1960’s, remind us of a period of transition, hope and a move toward the modern era.” I totally agree.
This photo is on display at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City from April 3 – May 31. Uncoincidentally, Larry is my uncle, but it’s not nepotism speaking when I say that his gallery is one of the best in the US. If you’re in the area, go see the show.