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Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s-1980s

by Sophie Hackett

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Idealists, outsiders, and those brave enough to be themselves, as depicted by visionary photographers and filmmakers including Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin, reveal another America. A visual tour through life at the margins in the United States from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, Outsiders highlights the work of iconic photographers and filmmakers who profoundly changed the image of American culture. Kenneth Anger, Diane Arbus, Shirley Clarke, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand, and their contemporaries challenged rigid postwar society with their powerful films and photographs. Lyon’s travels with Chicago biker gangs and Arbus’s swordswallowers form a dramatic counterpoint to a trove of midcentury images from Casa Susanna, a community of cross-dressers enjoying country life en femme. Outsiders captures diverse and significant subcultures and interests, united by each subject’s will to determine his or her own identity. Accompanying the images, essays by curators and critics explore American underground cinema, street photography, the distinct countercultures of New York and Los Angeles, and the spectacle of everyday living in a time of political and cultural turmoil.

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"This book, and the exhibition it accompanies, begins in the 1950s and covers a period of four decades during which American culture profound transformation. Each of the artists featured here - photographers Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand and the snapshooters of Casa Susanna, alongside filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, and Marie Menken - offered new views of the American social landscape in their time. The work these artists produced was motivated, in part, by a sense that the status que was untenable, and that current visual expressions of American life did not reflect what they knew and saw of the world."--Page 9.… (more)

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