Streetscapes: Shadows, Frames, and Altered Views: Susan Snodgrass and Sven Spieker Editors, ARTMargins Online

This selection of photographs by Russian and Central and East European artists offers diverse portraits of place, in particular urban streetscapes, despite the absence of a true history of street photography in this geo-political region.

Spanning the inter-war period, the Soviet era and the contemporary global condition, these images reveal an ongoing tension between freedom and preservation, as witnessed by images that exploit the camera’s gaze upward or towards an endless horizon to those that turn their lenses to shadows, reflective surfaces and barbed wires. Such portraits are filtered either by framed views that situate the viewer inside looking out and on to the street below or by extreme close-ups employing a bold geometry that place the photographer squarely on the ground.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

at Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

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