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Classic and Modern Street Photography on Display in Exhibit

By Nicholas Rizzi | July 19, 2013 6:59am
 The Alice Austen House Museum will open a new exhibit on classic and modern street photography in the city.
The New Street Types of New York
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ROSEBANK — It's a focus on the past.

From turn of the 20th century immigrant workers in Manhattan to Instagramed pictures on the streets of Brooklyn, a new exhibit at the Alice Austen House Museum will showcase the city's street photography over the decades.

"The New Street Types of New York" exhibit will open this weekend, and showcase photos from Austen's classic 1896 portfolio of street photography next to modern street photographers, said Janice Monger, director of the museum.

"Alice Austen was really capturing the way the city was changing too, with the wave of new immigrants, that's a lot of who's portrayed in her images," Monger said. "A lot of the artists now are kind of looking at how neighborhoods are changing also, kind of old guards and new guards and the way the city's changing."

The exhibit, co-curated by Paul Moakley and Anthony LaSale, will feature the works of 15 photographers alongside Austen's.

Artists on display include Peter Funch, who uses photo montages of the same street corner in his photography, Dmitry Gudkov and Ruddy Roye, who uses Instagram to capture and share his photography on the streets of Brooklyn.

"[Moakley] was very much looking for photographers who were maybe working in a similar fashion to Alice Austen, and really thinking about too, if Alice Austen was working today what would she be looking at," Monger said.

In addition to the contemporary photographs, the exhibit will have selections from Austen's rare portfolio of street photography, published in 1896, as well as an original copy, which has been on display since April.

The Alice Austen House museum will host an opening reception for the “The New Street Types of New York” exhibit will open on Saturday, July 20, with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Alice Austen House Museum.

The exhibit will be on display until September 29. For more information and museum hours, visit their website.