MoMA’s 1967 New Documents with pioneering photographs by Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand came without a catalogue. For the 50th anniversary of the show, MoMA is making up leeway presenting all the works exhibited and installation photographs of the show.
“In 1967, when Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Garry Winogrand were still relatively unknown, curator John Szarkowski linked their work indelibly in the groundbreaking exhibition New Documents at The Museum of Modern Art. Although few at the time could have predicted it, New Documents signaled a watershed moment in the history of American photography. What Szarkowski recognized in the three artists was a shared fascination with the commonplace and a novel application of a documentary language to personal expression. â€œThey like the real world, â€œSzarkowksi wrote, â€œin spite of its terrors, as the source of all wonder and fascination and value- no less precious for being irrational.â€ Their conviction that life’s frailties and imperfections are worth examining remains today a premise as vital as when they were first starting out.” Museum of Modern Art
Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents 1967; edited by Sarah Hermanson Meister; with a text by Max Kozloff; 180 pages; 100 plates; size: 23 x 27 cm; hardcover; German edition.
Publisher (German edition): Schirmer Mosel
Publisher (English edition): Museum of Modern Art