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Organ grinder, Boston, 1955

Item Information

Title:
Organ grinder, Boston, 1955
Description:
Reed remembers well the afternoon he made this photograph. Every time he had the shot just right, the boy on the left would jump into the picture. Reed's frustration over this intrusion kept him from printing the image for many years. Yet, now we find that the boy adds a spark of interest. Reed is not allowed to be the sole observer--the boy's defiant gaze demands our attention and subverts any nostalgia that might have come from the organ grinder's image alone. Other bystanders add to the sense that the usual roles in street photography have been reversed--they watch Reed even as he watches them.
Photographer:
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006
Date:
1955
Format:
Photographs
Genre:
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Location:
Historic New England
Collection (local):
PC044: Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Subjects:
streetscapes
storefronts
boys
commercial buildings
business (commercial function)
Organ grinders
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Colonial Cafe
Extent:
1 photograph
Link to Item:
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Identifier:
194391
Call #:
PC044.TMP.058