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Will Brown
Pretzel Window (Philadelphia)

1973

$3,500

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8 x 10 inch vintage gelatin silver print, framed to 14.75 x 18.5 Signed, titled and dated on verso. Will Brown’s early work - in the south Philadelphia neighborhood of Queen Village, in the 1970s - resulted in a body of work of intimate black-and-white photographs of storefronts, old cars, and neighborhood residents. Most often shooting early on Sunday mornings, Brown was able to capture scenes when the streets were mostly deserted, bathed in a very tender light - dusty storefronts, tired Cadillacs, old apartment buildings with their windows and doors now tinned-up. There is a shabby disrepair that feels almost embarrassingly uncovered by that early morning light – years of dust have clouded over the shop windows that once housed great dreams and ambitions. The way that Brown lovingly renders these scenes in soft silver gelatin tones imbues them with dignity. It’s a revealing but tender light that falls on these cast-off places, reminiscent of the light in Eugene Atget’s early morning vistas of Paris and the surrounding parks. Will Brown was born in Pennsylvania in 1937, and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and The University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BFA degree in Painting. He later taught photography and filmmaking at Swarthmore College, which hosted the first solo exhibition of his photographs in 1971. Another solo show followed at PAFA’s Peale House Gallery in 1973. His work has since been featured in group shows at the Philadelphia Museum, in 2009 and 2012; at the James Michener Museum of Art (Pennsylvania) in 2012; and most recently, a solo exhibition at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia in 2014. His works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as many private collections.

Details

  • Creator
    Will Brown (1937, American)
  • Creation Year
    1973
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.75 in. (37.47 cm)Width: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3022828953

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