In the past decade a new generation of photographers has directed the documentary approach toward more personal ends. Their aim has been not to reform life, but to know it. ―John Szarkowski
In 1967, The Museum of Modern Art presented New Documents, a landmark exhibition organized by John Szarkowski that brought together a selection of works by three photographers whose individual achievements signaled the artistic potential for the medium in the 1960s and beyond: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand.
Though largely unknown at the time, these three photographers are now universally acknowledged as artists of singular talent within the history of photography. The exhibition articulated a profound shift in the landscape of 20th-century photography, and interest in the exhibition has only continued to expand. Yet, until now, there has been no publication that captures its content.
Published in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the exhibition, Arbus Friedlander Winogrand features full-page reproductions of the 94 photographs included in the exhibition, along with Szarkowski’s original wall text, press release, installation views and an abundance of archival material. Essays by curator Sarah Hermanson Meister and critic Max Kozloff, who originally reviewed the exhibition for The Nation in 1967, critically situate the exhibition and its reception, and examine its lasting influence on the field of photography.
Sarah Hermanson Meister is Curator of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, NY
Max Kozloff is a New York-based writer and photographer.
Kristen Gaylord is Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, NY
MOMA‘s book not only pays tribute to the landmark show but also provides the exhibition catalogue that never was: the book includes installation shots and Szarkowski’s seminal wall text alongside every picture that was displayed. (The New Yorker)