Nov 12, 2013
Jun 29, 2010
Nov 12, 2013

New York Montage

New York Montage


Thurman Rotan

(American, 1903–1991)

Gelatin silver print, montage

Image: 11.5 x 8.2 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.117



Born and raised in Texas, Rotan got a job working for a New York museum photographing artworks. His personal work emphasized the geometry, radical perspectives, and dramatic energy of the new New York. A 1932 essay on his work demonstrated American jingoism by praising Rotan’s photographs as "not the disordered jargon of photo-montage imported from decadent capitals abroad, but keen and sane assemblages singing a fresher song."

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