Frank Paulin

Out of the Limelight
January 19 - February 23, 2008
Selected Works Thumbnail View
Peekaboo, Times Square, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inchesPeekaboo, Times Square, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Peekaboo, Times Square, New York City, 1955
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Gas Mask, Lower East Side, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 10 x 13 3/4 inchesGas Mask, Lower East Side, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 10 x 13 3/4 inches

Gas Mask, Lower East Side, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
10 x 13 3/4 inches

Dining Car, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957 10 1/8 x 15 inchesDining Car, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957 10 1/8 x 15 inches

Dining Car, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1957
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957
10 1/8 x 15 inches

Candide, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inchesCandide, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Candide, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Couple, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 11 x 14 inchesCouple, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 11 x 14 inches

Couple, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
11 x 14 inches

Man in Donut Shop, New Orleans, 1951 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1951 10 1/8 x 13 1/2 inchesMan in Donut Shop, New Orleans, 1951 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1951 10 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Man in Donut Shop, New Orleans, 1951
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1951
10 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Bank on Wall Street, New York City, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957 23 7/8 x 16 inchesBank on Wall Street, New York City, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957 23 7/8 x 16 inches

Bank on Wall Street, New York City, 1957
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957
23 7/8 x 16 inches

Man in Window Saluting, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inchesMan in Window Saluting, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Man in Window Saluting, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Lunch Counter, Chicago, 1952 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1952 9 3/4 x 15 1/8 inchesLunch Counter, Chicago, 1952 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1952 9 3/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Lunch Counter, Chicago, 1952
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1952
9 3/4 x 15 1/8 inches

Spring, Central Park, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 24 7/8 x 16 3/4 inchesSpring, Central Park, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 24 7/8 x 16 3/4 inches

Spring, Central Park, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
24 7/8 x 16 3/4 inches

Lord and Taylor Window Dresses, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955 9 3/8 x 13 1/2 inchesLord and Taylor Window Dresses, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955 9 3/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Lord and Taylor Window Dresses, New York City, 1955
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955
9 3/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Staten Island Ferry, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 19 1/4 x 26 inchesStaten Island Ferry, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 19 1/4 x 26 inches

Staten Island Ferry, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
19 1/4 x 26 inches

Central Park Cityscape, New York City, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957 9 x 13 1/2 inchesCentral Park Cityscape, New York City, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957 9 x 13 1/2 inches

Central Park Cityscape, New York City, 1957
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1957
9 x 13 1/2 inches

Battery Park Bench, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955 11 1/4 x 16 1/2 inchesBattery Park Bench, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955 11 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches

Battery Park Bench, New York City, 1955
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1955
11 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches

Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 1/4 x 13 1/2 inchesTimes Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver exhibition print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
9 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Man Behind Food Counter, San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1959 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1959 11 x 14 inchesMan Behind Food Counter, San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1959 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1959 11 x 14 inches

Man Behind Food Counter, San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1959
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1959
11 x 14 inches

Budweiser Sign, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 16 x 20 inchesBudweiser Sign, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 16 x 20 inches

Budweiser Sign, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
16 x 20 inches

The Strange One, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956 14 x 11 inchesThe Strange One, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956 14 x 11 inches

The Strange One, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956
14 x 11 inches

Woman in Front of Movie Poster, Seville, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 13 1/4 x 9 inchesWoman in Front of Movie Poster, Seville, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 13 1/4 x 9 inches

Woman in Front of Movie Poster, Seville, Spain, 1960
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
13 1/4 x 9 inches

Flesh Merchant, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 13 5/8 x 10 3/8 inchesFlesh Merchant, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 13 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches

Flesh Merchant, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
13 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches

Woman at Market, Paris, France, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inchesWoman at Market, Paris, France, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inches

Woman at Market, Paris, France, 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
14 x 11 inches

Man Afraid, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesMan Afraid, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Man Afraid, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Three Nuns, Park Avenue, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inchesThree Nuns, Park Avenue, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inches

Three Nuns, Park Avenue, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 x 14 inches

The Law, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inchesThe Law, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inches

The Law, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
11 x 14 inches

Blind Man Playing Accordion, Times Square, New York City, 1954 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1954 11 x 14 inchesBlind Man Playing Accordion, Times Square, New York City, 1954 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1954 11 x 14 inches

Blind Man Playing Accordion, Times Square, New York City, 1954
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1954
11 x 14 inches

West Side Story, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 x 13 1/2 inchesWest Side Story, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 x 13 1/2 inches

West Side Story, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
9 x 13 1/2 inches

Found Doll, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 14 x 11 inchesFound Doll, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 14 x 11 inches

Found Doll, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
14 x 11 inches

Lost Doll, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 14 x 11 inchesLost Doll, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Lost Doll, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Woman in Front of Channel Two, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inchesWoman in Front of Channel Two, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inches

Woman in Front of Channel Two, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 x 14 inches

Woman With Cigarette Outside Saks, New York City, 1957 Gelatin silver print, printed later 16 x 20 inchesWoman With Cigarette Outside Saks, New York City, 1957 Gelatin silver print, printed later 16 x 20 inches

Woman With Cigarette Outside Saks, New York City, 1957
Gelatin silver print, printed later
16 x 20 inches

Racing Fans, Belmont Park, New York, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956 11 x 14 inchesRacing Fans, Belmont Park, New York, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956 11 x 14 inches

Racing Fans, Belmont Park, New York, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956
11 x 14 inches

Racetrack, Belmont Park, New York, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inchesRacetrack, Belmont Park, New York, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inches

Racetrack, Belmont Park, New York, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
11 x 14 inches

Fashion Shoot, Washington Square Park, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 1/8 x 13 1/2 inchesFashion Shoot, Washington Square Park, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956 9 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Fashion Shoot, Washington Square Park, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1956
9 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Waiter at the Hotel Alfonso XII, Seville, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inchesWaiter at the Hotel Alfonso XII, Seville, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inches

Waiter at the Hotel Alfonso XII, Seville, Spain, 1960
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1960
14 x 11 inches

Old Couple and Young Woman at Cafe, Paris, France, 1961 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesOld Couple and Young Woman at Cafe, Paris, France, 1961 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Old Couple and Young Woman at Cafe, Paris, France, 1961
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Volkswagen Reflection, New York City, 1962 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962 14 x 11 inchesVolkswagen Reflection, New York City, 1962 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962 14 x 11 inches

Volkswagen Reflection, New York City, 1962
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962
14 x 11 inches

Easter, Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956 14 x 11 inchesEaster, Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956 14 x 11 inches

Easter, Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956
14 x 11 inches

Makeup, Central Park, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesMakeup, Central Park, New York City, 1955 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Makeup, Central Park, New York City, 1955
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Fifth Avenue Reflection, New York City, 1958 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 14 x 11 inchesFifth Avenue Reflection, New York City, 1958 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Fifth Avenue Reflection, New York City, 1958
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Fair-Way, New Orleans, 1952 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952 11 x 14 inchesFair-Way, New Orleans, 1952 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952 11 x 14 inches

Fair-Way, New Orleans, 1952
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952
11 x 14 inches

Man With Cigar, New Orleans, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952 14 x 11 inchesMan With Cigar, New Orleans, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952 14 x 11 inches

Man With Cigar, New Orleans, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1952
14 x 11 inches

Bad Dog, New Orleans, 1952 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952 11 x 14 inchesBad Dog, New Orleans, 1952 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952 11 x 14 inches

Bad Dog, New Orleans, 1952
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952
11 x 14 inches

Girl on Steps, New Orleans, 1951 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1951 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inchesGirl on Steps, New Orleans, 1951 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1951 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Girl on Steps, New Orleans, 1951
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1951
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Couple in Cafe Window, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later 11 x 14 inchesCouple in Cafe Window, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later 11 x 14 inches

Couple in Cafe Window, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later
11 x 14 inches

You Forgot the Tickets?!, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inchesYou Forgot the Tickets?!, Times Square, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inches

You Forgot the Tickets?!, Times Square, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
11 x 14 inches

Atlantic City, 1955 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inchesAtlantic City, 1955 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later 11 x 14 inches

Atlantic City, 1955
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed later
11 x 14 inches

On the Town, Times Square, New York City, 1954 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1954 9 1/4 x 13 1/2 inchesOn the Town, Times Square, New York City, 1954 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1954 9 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

On the Town, Times Square, New York City, 1954
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1954
9 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Grant's Bar, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. later 11 x 14 inchesGrant's Bar, New York City, 1956 Gelatin silver print, printed c. later 11 x 14 inches

Grant's Bar, New York City, 1956
Gelatin silver print, printed c. later
11 x 14 inches

Carmen, New York City, 1983 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later 11 x 14 inchesCarmen, New York City, 1983 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later 11 x 14 inches

Carmen, New York City, 1983
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later
11 x 14 inches

Man Smoking, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 11 x 14 inchesMan Smoking, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 11 x 14 inches

Man Smoking, Spain, 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
11 x 14 inches

Halloween, Greenwich Village, New York City, 1984 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984 11 x 14 inchesHalloween, Greenwich Village, New York City, 1984 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984 11 x 14 inches

Halloween, Greenwich Village, New York City, 1984
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984
11 x 14 inches

Oceon Cafe Couple, Paris, France, 1992 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1992 11 x 14 inchesOceon Cafe Couple, Paris, France, 1992 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1992 11 x 14 inches

Oceon Cafe Couple, Paris, France, 1992
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1992
11 x 14 inches

Bonds Disco, Times Square, New York City, 1980 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1980 11 x 14 inchesBonds Disco, Times Square, New York City, 1980 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1980 11 x 14 inches

Bonds Disco, Times Square, New York City, 1980
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1980
11 x 14 inches

Religious Articles, Havana, Cuba, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inchesReligious Articles, Havana, Cuba, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inches

Religious Articles, Havana, Cuba, 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
14 x 11 inches

Boy Running, Seville, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inchesBoy Running, Seville, Spain, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 14 x 11 inches

Boy Running, Seville, Spain, 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
14 x 11 inches

Cadillac on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 1967 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later 11 x 14 inchesCadillac on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 1967 Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later 11 x 14 inches

Cadillac on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 1967
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. later
11 x 14 inches

Our Dream, Queens, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1979 14 x 11 inchesOur Dream, Queens, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1979 14 x 11 inches

Our Dream, Queens, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1979
14 x 11 inches

Boy With Rabbit, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 11 x 14 inchesBoy With Rabbit, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981 11 x 14 inches

Boy With Rabbit, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981
11 x 14 inches

Torn Poster, New York City, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 11 x 14 inchesTorn Poster, New York City, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985 11 x 14 inches

Torn Poster, New York City, 1985
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985
11 x 14 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce FRANK PAULIN: OUT OF THE LIMELIGHT, the first retrospective exhibition of work by the New York based street photographer Frank Paulin.  Featuring over one hundred prints produced during the last half of the 20th century, including over fifty vintage works from his 1957 exhibition at Helen Gee’s famed gallery and café Limelight, this exhibition unveils the work of an important American documentarian.

 

Paulin’s education in the arts began at the young age of sixteen when he joined the Chicago-based Whitaker-Christiansen Studio as an apprentice in fashion illustration and photography. Paulin joined the Army in 1944 where as a member of the Signal Corps he began photographing the wartime devastation of German cities.

 

After being discharged, Paulin returned to Chicago in 1946. Under the GI Bill he continued his education at the Art Institute of Chicago and Institute of Design–the newly created American campus of the famed German Bauhaus School. While there Paulin studied under distinguished professors from the original Bauhaus campus including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, as well as new American notables Harry Callahan and Arthur Siegel. While studying, Paulin held a full-time job as fashion illustrator at a local art studio and freelanced for department stores throughout the region like Marshall Field’s, Mandel Brothers and Charles A. Stevens. Able only to attend classes at night, Paulin remained in school through 1948. 

 

 

Paulin returned to New York in 1953 where he continued to freelance in fashion illustration. With most of his days occupied by work, he began walking the city’s streets at night, stoking his passion for “grab shots” and gritty street documentary. Paulin spent most of his time in and around Times Square, which provided him with subjects from all walks of life set against the stunning visual framework of advertisements, neon signs, and reflective store windows. It was during this time that he crossed paths with Louis Faurer, whose own work was the result of walking those same streets in the late 1940s.

 

Paulin’s early works were featured in a 1957 solo exhibition at the pioneering gallery Limelight—then New York’s only gallery for fine art photography, as well as a local hangout for the great photographers of the time. Despite the fact that this exhibition predated the recognition of photography as a commonly appreciated medium, admiring reviews for the show appeared in the New York Times as well as the Village Voice, which praised Paulin’s "humor and compassion" and his uncanny ability to perceive irony and record what they referred to as "poetic accidents."

 

For the next 50 years, Paulin continued to shoot these “poetic accidents,” expanding his territory from New Orleans to Paris. Remaining predominantly out of the limelight, Paulin and his work have been virtually unseen by the public until now.

 

Frank Paulin’s work is in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. A new book of the same title published by Silverstein Publishing will accompany the exhibition.