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January 25, 2001
Deborah Martin Kao, Laura Katzman, and Jenna Webster Ben Shahn’s New York: The Photography of Modern Times Yale University Press in association with Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Museums, 1999. 340 pp.; 24 color ills.; 246 b/w ills. Cloth $45.00 (0300083157)

Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, February 5-April 30, 2000; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, June 10-August 27, 2000; The Grey Art Gallery, New York University, October 14, 2000-January 27, 2001; David and Alfred Smart Museum, University of Chicago, April 19-June 17, 2001.

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“To me, images are images…They’re images, and they can be moving or not. That’s all there is to it.” So stated the painter and photographer Ben Shahn in a 1965 interview, cited in an appendix of this excellent catalogue that was published to accompany an exhibition of Shahn’s early photographs of street life in New York. Shahn’s statement summarizes succinctly the main theme that the contributors to this volume wish to address: the relationship between...