Using Alexander Artway's vast photographic archive I have been visually retracing the steps of a Russian immigrant who shaped a cultured and creative life for himself in New York City in the 1920's - 30's. The post WWI boom - bust years are reflected in Artway's photographs. While the creative strength of Artway’s images was immediately apparent to me, the historical value of the archive has been emerging slowly.
The collection shows the rigorous organizational skills of a man who probably taught himself the medium of photography. Meticulous hand written sheets accompany most 4x5 negatives noting dates, locations and specific information about exposures, printing times, etc.
An exhibition of the collection accompanied by two catalogs has been a long time in the making. This event will be held at Gallery 1125 on September 23, 2011.
More images will be posted soon...