MoMA book revisits New Documents show

Exhibition was organised by John Szarkowski in 1967 and included the work of Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand


A forthcoming book to be published by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) titled Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967, looks at an influential but little-known photography exhibition at the museum. The show was organised by John Szarkowski and included the work of Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand. Their work pointed in a then-radically new direction, where casual street shots of everyday people took precedent over highly choreographed work.

"It became one of those singularly important exhibitions in the history of photography—almost legendary—and like every legend, it's surrounded by mystery," says Sarah Meister, the MoMA curator who is the book’s author. "The first value of the book is that we're documenting the 94 works in the show," she says, noting that the original exhibition came with no catalogue. In addition, an essay by the critic Max Kozloff, who wrote about the exhibition when it first opened, will provide deeper analysis of its impact.


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