Aug 3, 2007

Third Avenue, New York City (Under the Elevated)

Third Avenue, New York City (Under the Elevated)


Godfrey B. Frankel

(American, 1912–1995)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 38.9 x 49 cm (15 5/16 x 19 5/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.)

Gift of Godfrey Frankel 1974.221



Cleveland native Godfrey Frankel first learned about art on childhood trips to the Cleveland Museum of Art with his mother. In 1946 he moved to New York to study social work and joined the Photo League, photographers who hoped their images would bring awareness to inequities and effect societal change. Frankel decided to document the Lower East Side, an impoverished and ethnically diverse neighborhood. He discovered that the elevated tracks were useful in directing the noonday sun onto what would otherwise be very dark sidewalks, illuminating stores on both sides of the street.

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