Aaron Siskind). The League brought deserved attention to foreign photographers (like Eugène Atget, whose work might have been lost to posterity were it not for The League's push), produced photography shows and scheduled lectures -- all dedicated to the idea of photography as art and seeing to it that this art became as high-level, and as much-seen and -heralded as possible. We owe The League such gratitude for showing us New York's urban life in a manner that we had not seen then -- and is now, thanks the The League's good work, part of our history.
Daniel Allentuck (at left) and Nina Rosneblum (below) and they have done a fine job of putting all this information and photography together into a documentary that, though it lasts a mere 75 minutes, still packs in a world all its own. Hearing the various photographers speak about their work then -- how it came about and how encouraging (but stern) the Leagues'
Wikipedia, "to a project of the Workers International Relief (WIR), which was a communist association based in Berlin," so what? The Photo League was not the WIR, but the right-wing fostered fear of Communism trumped all back at the beginning of the second half of the 20th Century. And we've still not outgrown that fear -- which is part of the reason that so many rank-and-file Americans don't have enough sense to demand decent health care. For starters.
Quad Cinema after a run in Los Angeles last week.