Unknown photographer. Seventh Avenue, 42nd and 43rd Streets, New York City. View, Facing North, Along West Side of Seventh Avenue, Showing Sidewalk Conditions. Time 10:27am.. March 15, 1914

Unknown photographer Seventh Avenue, 42nd and 43rd Streets, New York City. View, Facing North, Along West Side of Seventh Avenue, Showing Sidewalk Conditions. Time 10:27am. March 15, 1914

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Photographers often seek to capture a reliable view of the real world through a camera’s lens. The photographer’s purpose in taking this photograph, for example, was to convey the specific street conditions of this stretch of Seventh Avenue. However, all photographs are necessarily shaped by how the photographer frames his or her subject, a process that introduces a personal point of view or perspective into even the most seemingly objective documentary photographs. Knowing this, some artists play with the notion of authenticity in their photographs.

Additional text from Seeing Through Photographs online course, Coursera, 2016
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
7 7/16 × 9 1/2" (18.9 × 24.1 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Barbara Foshay
Object number
363.1994
Department
Photography

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