May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017

Friends, East 105th Street, East Harlem, New York

Friends, East 105th Street, East Harlem, New York

1952, printed later

Walter Rosenblum

(American, 1919–2006)

Gelatin silver print, gold-toned

Image: 23.1 x 16.9 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.); Paper: 25.1 x 20.2 cm (9 7/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

Gift of the Rosenblum Family 2017.87



For Walter Rosenblum, photographing was a way of making an emotional connection with his subjects. He did not come to a place for a few days, take pictures, and leave; he visited regularly over months or even years. Rosenblum strove, through photography, to demonstrate the humanity and courage of individuals who survive, and even experience joy, in stressful environments. He especially enjoyed shooting children and revealing their innocence, openness, and imagination.

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