Larry Silver

From the Medium to the Message
January 11 - February 17, 2007
Selected Works Thumbnail View
New York, New York, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesNew York, New York, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

New York, New York, 1950

Gelatin silver print, printed later

14 x 11 inches

Boy With Crutches Climbing Ladder, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 17 inchesBoy With Crutches Climbing Ladder, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 17 inches

Boy With Crutches Climbing Ladder, 1950
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 17 inches

34th Street, New York, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches34th Street, New York, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

34th Street, New York, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Penn Station, New York, 1951 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesPenn Station, New York, 1951 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Penn Station, New York, 1951
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Lower Level Staircase, Penn Station, New York, 1951 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesLower Level Staircase, Penn Station, New York, 1951 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Lower Level Staircase, Penn Station, New York, 1951
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Bronx Subway Station, New York, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed later 13 x 13 inchesBronx Subway Station, New York, 1950 Gelatin silver print, printed later 13 x 13 inches

Bronx Subway Station, New York, 1950
Gelatin silver print, printed later
13 x 13 inches

Times Square, New York, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesTimes Square, New York, 1952 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Times Square, New York, 1952
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Bronx Street Scene, New York, 1949 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesBronx Street Scene, New York, 1949 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Bronx Street Scene, New York, 1949
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Newsboy, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inchesNewsboy, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inches

Newsboy, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 x 14 inches

Boardwalk Bench Spectators, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inchesBoardwalk Bench Spectators, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 x 14 inches

Boardwalk Bench Spectators, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 x 14 inches

Headstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesHeadstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Headstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Two Men Doing a Handstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesTwo Men Doing a Handstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Two Men Doing a Handstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, 1954
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Water #1, 2003 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003 16 x 20 inchesWater #1, 2003 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003 16 x 20 inches

Water #1, 2003
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003
16 x 20 inches

Water #10, 2005 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005 16 x 20 inchesWater #10, 2005 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005 16 x 20 inches

Water #10, 2005
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2005
16 x 20 inches

Water #3, 2003 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003 16 x 20 inchesWater #3, 2003 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003 16 x 20 inches

Water #3, 2003
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2003
16 x 20 inches

Water #6, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inchesWater #6, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inches

Water #6, 2004
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches

Water #2, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inchesWater #2, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inches

Water #2, 2004
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches

Water #7, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inchesWater #7, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inches

Water #7, 2004
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches

Untitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inchesUntitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2005
Unique gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2006 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inchesUntitled, 2006 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2006
Unique gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inchesUntitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2005
Unique gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches

Water #8b, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inchesWater #8b, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inches

Water #8b, 2004
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches

Water #8a, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inchesWater #8a, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inches

Water #8a, 2004
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches

Untitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inchesUntitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2005
Unique gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inchesUntitled, 2005 Unique gelatin silver print 20 x 24 inches

Untitled, 2005
Unique gelatin silver print
20 x 24 inches

Water #4, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inchesWater #4, 2004 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004 16 x 20 inches

Water #4, 2004
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Larry Silver From the Medium to the Message, an exhibition tracing the artist’s development over the past half century.  Commencing with photo-documentary works taken in New York City and Los Angeles from the early 1950s, and ending with dark room manipulated images of man-altered landscapes shot in Iceland in 2005, From the Medium to the Message is a highly personal journey of an artist who has stood witness and reacted to the evolution of photography.

 

Larry Silver began photographing the streets and subways of New York City in 1949 at the age of 15, and studied photography at the High School of Industrial Art (1949-53). The School's proximity to Peerless Camera Stores enabled Silver to meet numerous members of the Photo League, including W. Eugene Smith, Weegee and Lou Bernstein, who became a strong influence on his work. In Silver's senior year, he won first prize in the Scholastic-Ansco Photography Awards and was granted a full scholarship to the Art Center School in Los Angeles (1954-56). During visits to the Santa Monica Beach, Silver photographed the local weightlifters, body builders, and acrobats. This celebrated series “Muscle Beach” (1954) was the subject of a solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography in 1985, and again in 1999 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

 

Upon moving from New York City to Westport, Connecticut in 1973, Silver began a thirty-year project that would become Suburban Vision. Focusing on the isolating relationship between the inhabitants and the physical landscape of an evolving metropolitan suburb, Silver’s highly constructed images counterbalance the more satirical social depictions of Garry Winogrand and Bill Owens, who also worked during this period.

 

In 2003, Larry Silver began a series of water abstractions. By incorporating such factors as pollution, bacteria, and reflection, the images have little resemblance to water.  For Silver, these works were the beginning of a conceptual leap – moving away from depicting people in their environment to the effects of people on their environments.

 

In 2005, at the age of 70, Silver created his most recent project.  Traveling across Iceland by car, he shot images balancing the pristine landscape with human encroachment.  At a time when Photoshop manipulation has become a standard practice, Silver altered the landscape in his images through experimental dark room techniques developed over the last 50 years.  As result, a new landscape is born, one of which is dotted with Silver’s actual footprints on the paper itself.

 

Larry Silver's work is currently in over 20 museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, and George Eastman House. His work was also included in the recent publication "This Was the Photo League". Larry Silver is the father of Bruce Silverstein, founder of Silverstein Photography.