New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Pioneers of Color

It is hard to imagine in this day and age that color photography was once very controversial. Color was considered garish and useful only for commercial purposes or amateur snapshots. Before the 1970’s it was also expensive and fugitive and the only way to display color images was to project them. The technical problems were starting to be solved in the 1970’s with color print films and papers appearing in the marketplace. But while the technical problems were finding solutions the cultural bias in the art world against color would not find resolution until the 1980’s.

It is in this cultural landscape of the 1970’s that the three photographers on view at the Edwynn Houk Gallery; Joel Meyerowitz, Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, started to forge a new photography. The show coincides with the publication of a new book, “Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980” and a show of the same name at The Cincinnati Art Museum.

The color photographs on the wall are a delight – especially in this digital age where color has become super saturated – the colors in the images of these three master photographers seem more innocent and earnest. A connection can bee seen from the work of these artists to the recent generation of photographers exemplified by Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth.

For anyone interested in the roots of contemporary photography this show is a must as is a reading of the catalog essay by Kevin Moore.

Pioneers of Color

Edwynn Houk
745 Fifth Ave. 4th Fl
Midtown         Map

212 750 7070

Thursday, February 25 to
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Hours: Tues - Sat, 11 to 6