A new book brings together photographer Paul McDonough’s vibrant scenes of Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Portland, and New Orleans, as well as on the road, to offer an elegiac topography of the late 20th century.
McDonough has been taking photographs for more than forty years now, and a salient feature of the work seen here has to do with refinement, elegance.
The esteemed photographer Paul McDonough has been taking photographs for more than forty years now, and a salient feature of the work seen here, from his project “Sightseeing,” has to do with refinement, elegance
Paul McDonough arrived in New York City in 1967 with a 35mm camera and entrée, through childhood friend Tod Papageorge, to the photography workshops and social networks of street photographer Garry Winogrand. Emerging from an early career as a studio easel painter, McDonough found photographing on the streets of New York liberating: “It satisfied my sketching impulses… I learned to carry a camera everywhere, all the time, loaded with 400-speed film.” McDonough’s first monograph, Paul McDonough: New York Photographs 1968 – 1978, was published in November 2010 by Umbrage Editions, in conjunction with an exhibition at Sasha Wolf Gallery. – Umbrage.
The Sasha Wolf Gallery is celebrating the work and a new publication of Paul McDonough's New York Photographs, 1968-1978. I really enjoyed seeing a 1970's New York City with quirky denizens from decades past. Paul has an incredible eye for timing, juxtaposition, and the humorous moment, and this exhibition was a complete photographic pleasure.
Forget the ‘fros and the saffron robes and the 60-cent taxi meter drop; the Horn & Hardart, the Doubleday and the showroom on Broadway with Chevelles for sale.
Paul McDonough’s “New York City, 1973-1978” summons all these memories instantly for anyone old enough to recall when city buses were green. But the pictures are really not about memory.