Date: Friday, July 3, 2009
Time: 5 P.M. to 7 P.M.
Everyone has those moments that are remembered with perfect clarity years later. The moments could be melancholy or exquisite or merely capture perfectly a loved one, a relationship, a time of life. Photojournalists seek out and capture these moments. They find the right light, the correct framing, the emotion, the frozen movement and, as they click away, they make the history that will be known by later generations. The Monroe Gallery of Photography presents an allusion to the worth of just one picture, A Thousand Words…. Here, though, there is more than one picture; rather, a vast panoply of American history is available, beginning in 1934—a family peering out of the car they call home, a Beatles pillow fight, Muhammad Ali standing over a prone Sonny Liston, four long-legged beauties lying in the sand, villagers in Vietnam, protesters in China—the list goes on. The photos are iconic and the list of photographers includes masters such as Eddie Adams, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Capa, and many others. The photos are so powerful, so stark (many are in black and white), that looking at so many is dizzying, but also captivating.