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I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938–2010

April 22 – August 5, 2012
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier Galleries and Gallery 39

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #22, 2001, chromogenic print, Charina Endowment Fund, Copyright Philip-Lorca diCorcia ©. 2011.48.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Since the invention of small hand-held cameras and faster films in the late 19th century, photographers have been fascinated with capturing everyday life in the urban environment. An exhibition of nearly 90 works will celebrate how photographers such as Harry Callahan, Bruce Davidson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Beat Streuli creatively pursued a new genre of street photography, capturing the diversity and rapid pace of modern life.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington and was curated by Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art. 

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation and the Trellis Fund. Tru Vue provided in-kind support of the Optium® Acrylic Glazing for the works of art. 

Attendance: 88,959

Brochure: I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938–2010, by Sarah Greenough. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2012.

This interactive brochure offers video excerpts from Beat Streuli's time-based work and audio clips from interviews with Bruce Davidson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia along with 24 photographs by Harry Callahan, Davidson, diCorcia, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank.

Press Event: I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938–2010
Audio, Released: April 17, 2012, (55:14 minutes)