The continued local persistence of New Topographics is a reminder that pioneering examples of nearly all the major movements in art photography today were made here in Massachusetts. In addition to New Topographics, there are the staged photos Gregory Crewdson has shot in the Berkshires (examples at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly through May 25), the raw diaristic snapshots Nan Goldin began shooting here in the '70s, and the abstract experiments of Berenice Abbott (at the MIT Museum through December 31), Gyorgy Kepes and Minor White and Aaron Siskind. Our photography hall of fame extends to include Harold Edgerton, Bradford Washburn, Eugene Richards, Stanley Forman, Joel Meyerowitz, Shellburne Thurber, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Abelardo Morell.
No Boston museum tells this story. Heck, Bosworth presented a survey of two decades of her work at the Smithsonian in 2008, but the Peabody Essex bills this as her first solo show in the Boston area. Incredible. And an embarrassing reflection of the Boston art world's neglect of our history — even when it's already in the history books.
Read Greg Cook's blog at gregcookland.com/journal.
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