American PhotographyAmerica’s vast expanses, everyday culture, social landscapes, and urban metropolises: this catalog centers of American iconography’s post-1945 renewal. Exaggeratedly idealized landscapes were replaced by everyday motifs that had previously been considered unworthy of portrayal. Photographers took road trips and created series portraying American society in a critical light. In capturing the dynamic of big cities, the tendency was to employ a pictorial language that was spontaneous and snapshot-like. And in a contrasting approach, other works involved the staging of elaborate film-like tableaux that served to grapple with photographic reality and illusion as well as with societal developments.
Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lewis Baltz, Tina Barney, John Coplans, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Mitch Epstein, Walker Evans, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Paul Graham, William Klein, David LaChapelle, O. Winston Link, Ryan McGinley, Ray K. Metzker, Joel Meyerowitz, Lisette Model, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, Weegee, Garry Winogrand