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The Cleveland Museum of Art – 10.07-07.11.2021

Street photography—spontaneous images of everyday life captured in public places—blossomed in New York City during the first half of the 20th century. Both movements turned to depictions of the everyday activities of urban dwellers to explore the radical demographic, social, and economic shifts then transforming the city.

Entertainments abounded in the form of films, theaters, carnivals, and the attractions at Coney Island. Store windows and movie posters offered tempting visions of abundance and sophisticated elegance. But those were dreams rather than realities for most residents, especially immigrants from Europe, Puerto Rico, and Latin American countries, and Black Americans participating in the Great Migration. Crowded into tiny apartments, families turned stoops, sidewalks, parks, and beaches into their living rooms.Street photographers were voyeurs, capturing private moments occurring in public spaces. Some had noble motives. Images by members of the Photo League, which included Walter Rosenblum, Lisette Model, and Leon Levinstein, testify to the amusements and struggles of the common man and woman. Walker Evans and Helen Levitt made their pictures in this exhibition as personal artworks. Louis Faurer and Lloyd Ullberg worked for magazines. In this show, there are several examples of work by photographers such as James Van Der Zee, Roy DeCarava, Arnold Genthe, and Ralph Steiner who collaborated with their subjects to produce enduring portraits.


Whether created for an assignment, as a personal expression, or to advocate for societal change, the images in this show—drawn entirely from the museum’s collection—provide a time machine that allows us to experience a slice of life in New York City almost a century ago.

The Gallery

About AntiVirus Gallery

AntiVirus Gallery is an archive, a laboratory of ideas and projects related to the specific photographic. Founded in Rome during the Corona Virus-Covid 19 emergency, it witnesses, through Photography, the rich articulation of the Territory - understood not only from the landscape, urban planning and architectural point of view, but also social, psychological and political in a broad sense - and the ability of Photography to return its less glossy and homologated sides. 

AntiVirus Gallery shows and promotes, in essentially - but not only - digital form, a more conscious look at the world, which the community needs even more today, and indirectly denounces the urgency to change actions and lifestyle in a sustainable and virtuous way.  In this new perspective, culture and visual arts are indicated as a contribution to the preservation of habitats and of creative, intellectual and productive excellences understood as common goods of a wide shared heritage: the Territories. It is from here that a reconstruction based on new foundations can start again.

In quest’ottica, la Fotografia diventa l’arte e il medium migliore per mostrare e ispirare una via possibile verso una auspicabile rinascita. Le immagini fotografiche da sempre hanno rappresentato un’osservazione e restituzione di qualcosa della realtà, spesso anche come sua analisi critica. La Fotografia è mezzo artistico ed «epistemologico» considerevole», anche perché «esemplifica come comprendiamo le cose ora, oggi» (Jerry L. Thompson, A che serve la fotografia, Postmedia Books, Milano, 2015).

In the light of current emergencies and the many changes that have occurred to change individual and collective life and reality, Photography can and must realize its full expressive potential, penetrating even deeper into Society to grasp and highlight its changes.

AntiVirus Gallery is not interested in canonical travel reportages or with a tourist attitude, often only predatory. Rather, we want to make the spirit of the curious traveller our own, paying attention to the places and people who live there, to the street, to the architecture and landscapes, as well as to the forms of local creativity (art, craftsmanship, cooking), to social and cultural habits and to every other possible area of experience; our gaze can be critical, dreamy or disenchanted from time to time, but always sharp and penetrating, with the intention of returning, for each of the realities explored, an authentic portrait that safeguards their specificity. AntiVirus Gallery therefore intends to divulge and enhance both "the operator" and the "spectrum" (Roland Barthes, La chambre claire, Paris 1980) pertaining, in fact, to the investigated territory. Thus, the Photographer also becomes a sort of ambassador of the places photographed and the people he portrays, increasing their visibility and encouraging, as a result, their economic and cultural prosperity.

AntiVirus Gallery - availing itself of a prestigious multidisciplinary support committee - provides free of charge the reception, cataloguing and selection of photographic projects concerning specific places in the world, explored in every possible aspect, and therefore provides a space for professional and amateur photographers all over the world to deepen and disseminate their work, publishing it, contributing, at the same time, to a deeper knowledge of the territories (whether large or small, real or imaginary), returned to the gaze of the public and users through the point of view of each author's singularity. 

The idea is to identify traditions and modifications, beauty and problematic issues that can be continuously re-discussed, indicating how in every different reality, whether bright or dark, one can find a reflection of one's own and therefore of oneself.

Together with a remarkable presence of series of photographic images of different countries and territories signed by photographers, in the Archives and always visible online, there are also contributions from Museums, Institutions, Galleries and Publishers, with which synergies and collaborations are born.

The project, born online, includes offline branches and a series of other initiatives in addition to the establishment of a thematic archive.

Our Team

We want You.

AntiVirus Gallery aims to provide a free space for professional and amateur photographers all over the world: we want to deepen their work, and make them known, or know them better. With the help of a multidisciplinary support committee, the AntiVirus Gallery working group will provide for the reception, cataloguing and selection of photographic projects concerning specific places in the world, explored in every possible aspect. Each photographer will contribute, with his or her own sensitivity and vision, to capture the different facets that enrich the story through images of our reality and, therefore, of us. In this way, through the photographic specific, AntiVirus Gallery will contribute at the same time to a deeper knowledge of the territories, whether they are large or small, returned to the eyes of observers from the point of view of each singularity of the author.

AntiVirus Gallery is not interested in canonical travel reportages or with a tourist attitude, often only predatory. Rather, we want to make the spirit of the curious traveller our own, paying attention to the places and people who live there, to the street, to the architecture and landscapes, as well as to the forms of local creativity (art, craftsmanship, cooking), to social and cultural habits and to every other possible area of experience; our gaze can be critical, dreamy or disenchanted from time to time, but always sharp and penetrating, with the intention of returning, for each of the realities explored, an authentic portrait that safeguards their specificity. AntiVirus Gallery therefore intends to divulge and enhance, as said, both the "operator" and the "spectrum" (Roland Barthes, La chambre claire, Paris 1980) pertaining, in fact, to the investigated territory. Thus, the Photographer also becomes a sort of ambassador of the places photographed and the people he portrays, increasing their visibility and encouraging their economic and cultural prosperity.

Call to Action

The time has come to show us through your subjective gaze the bond and passion you have for your Territory. Whether you are a professional, a photography student or a simple amateur on AntiVirus there is a place for you too!

We put no limits to your creativity: any equipment (from simple smartphones to full format cameras), support (analog or digital) and technique are welcome. Through the participation form below we ask you to send a .PDF file with a series of at least seven photos, and describe the type of research behind your photographic work.

If selected, you authorize the organizers and the scientific committee to publish your bio, the link to your site and social channels in addition to the photographs submitted (with indication of the title and name of the author) of which you will retain, as author, the copyright by granting free inclusion on this site, in any branch online related or linked to it and in any other publications, including paper, for the communication of AntiVirus Gallery, the enhancement and conveyance of your work, the series in question and the territories depicted in it.

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