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[Comments] (2) : Whoever sets up the old-photography exhibits for the Metropolitan Museum is on fire. Earlier this year they put up "Our Future Is In The Air", an exhibit of photos taken in the 1910s, when cameras became cheap and portable enough for ordinary people to own them and carry them around photographing random crap. One frequently-lovestruck teenage boy put together a scrapbook of "Girls I Have Known" ('Titled, signed, and inscribed in ink on cover board: "GIRLS // I // HAVE // KNOWN [underlined] // D. ROCHFORD // DANGER KEEP OUT [underlined] // PrIVATE"; extensive inscriptions and attachments on 83 pages and on inside front and back boards.') Anti-child-labor crusaders surreptitiously photographed child laborers at work. And so on. Great exhibit.

In related news, I hit the Met again today and caught the next amazing photograph exhibit: "Night Vision: Photography After Dark". Since these photos weren't taken 100 years ago, they're not public domain, and a lot of the good ones are NO IMAGE AVAILABLE on the Met's website, but here are a couple good ones: "Broadway at Night", this odd untitled bit of meta-voyeurism.

"Night Vision" goes away next week but it's likely to be replaced by something else awesome. I'm not really into photography as an art medium, but whoever puts together these exhibitions is doing a really good job of grabbing my attention. Good job, anonymous curator.


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