Mitchell Funk, ‘Mean Streets’, 1970, Robert Funk Fine Art

A peace sign surprints a spray painted swastika. A bum with his brown paper bag unconsciously lies in the street below. This is what a lot of mid-town Manhattan used to look like. In the early 1970's, New York City was very different than it is now. It was dangerous. Street photographers took risks just caring a camera over their shoulder. Pointing a camera could easily escalate into a hostile confrontation. In another sense, very few people were shooting in color 1970. This early work explores color photography's potential with an unorthodox composition. A huge rectangle of flat solid red that occupies the top three quarters the picture area, while being juxtaposed with a strip of grey blue at the bottom.

Signature: signed and dated on lower right, numbered on verso 2/15, Printed Later, Unframed

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