Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ray K. Metzker, Trolley Stop, 1966

The question of the challenge Warhol's Disasters (c. 1963) posed to to black-and-white "fine art photography" reconsidered from inside photography and not refracted through painting.  This extraordinary image is owned by MOMA but I've never actually seen it displayed there.  My guess, viz. the horizontal blurs that knit the composite image's densely textured surface together, is that Robbert Flick must know this picture well.  I saw a knockout exhibition of Flick's work at LA's Rose Gallery in February, but had never previously accounted for the impact of the "photojournalistic" aspect of Warhol's practice on either Flick or Metzker. 

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