URBAN IMPRESSIONS The Changing Face of New York in the 1970s Photographs by Marianne Robinson by Marianne Robinson

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The author writes, ''As I was making these urban photographs in New York during the 1970s, I became aware that what interested me was the rapidly changing face of the city. It was a love affair between my camera eye and the city in the painful throes of transition. As the old buildings I photographed were being torn down or squeezed precariously between towering, impersonal structures, I felt increasingly that part of me was being demolished, too. It became my urgent mission to capture the moment between yesterday's function and today's demolition. Many of the old buildings pictured here have since disappeared, along with the people who lived or made their livelihood in them. The photographs in the first part of this book were made in Manhattan on long walks through the city s neighborhoods uptown, downtown, East Side, West Side. Close-ups of structure, texture, and detail interested me as much as longer and wider views depicting the juxtaposition and irony of diverse elements in the cityscape. The second part shows people as I found them on the streets, in the parks, at work, at play, or indoors. Though people rarely appeared in the cityscapes, they took center stage when I photographed them in their neighborhoods. During this period I worked as a photojournalist, did special theme projects for publication, had my work published in newspapers and magazines, and exhibited at galleries in New York City.''

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Among formative experiences of Marianne Robinson's childhood and adolescence were an extended family and community of freethinkers, anarchists, and socialists; an experimental school; and many moves during the Great Depression and World War II. As she was hearing and learning songs of protest against fascism abroad and segregation at home, she witnessed race and class discrimination inside and outside the “liberal” village of her teens. Her adult life has been a juggling act of jobs, singing, activism, motherhood, poetry, photography (as represented in this book), self-employment, and creative projects. The determination to make personal choices in the face of relentless economic necessity is a central theme in Robinson's art.
Published January 1, 2013 by Regent Press. 89 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.

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During the 1970s, Berkeley-based photographer, author, and activist Robinson set out to capture the “changing face” of New York, which she notes in her foreword was “in the painful throes of transitio

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Here Berkeley, CA, photographer Robinson shares images of a vanished New York City. As she writes in the foreword, her art captured "the city in the painful throes of transition" by immortalizing "the moment between yesterday's function and today's demolition." The first half of the book shows Ne...

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