Yours Truly presents works by some of the most outstanding photographers of the 20th century, including Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Weegee, Garry Winogrand, and others. More than 70 privately collected black-and-white photographs reveal special moments captured by these masters of the medium of photography.
Photography is only 174 years old, yet its rich history is well documented and its criteria for excellence well defined, at least in regard to historical work. In the beginning, it was difficult for many to assess the artistic importance of photographs because—mechanically produced and able to be endlessly copied—they were antithetical to the established values for painting. Today, however, the field has its share of canonical artists, and works by them are coveted. Photographic technique has been defined in terms of framing, camera handling, and print quality. Often created by the photographer—especially before the advent of digital photography—prints, which can be darker or lighter, with more or less contrast, are a means of interpreting an image, greatly impacting its meaning. For collectors, the pedigree of a photographic print is also crucial to a work’s value. Most desired are “vintage prints,” produced more or less at the same time as the negative is shot.
We are extremely fortunate to be able to present, in these galleries, some of the finest vintage photographic prints by some of the most admired photographers in the history of the medium. Together, they comprise a meditation on the nature of love in its many forms.