In the winter of 2004 an exhibition of vintage photographs from the Time-LIFE photo archive entitled "Made for America" took place at the Howard Greenberg Gallery of NYC.
There's something I can't explain in the Time and LIFE magazines photo reportage. Something that catch me at first glance, maybe the quality of the photography which kidnaps my attention and makes me wanna be myself in the picture. They are able to evoke a mood (from nostalgia to sadness to yearning) black and white pictures somehow convey emotion in a way that colour images simply can't. Not everything is Black & White but sometimes it can be just what I need.
This exhibitions at the Howard Greenberg Gallery of New York City, which took place from December 2003 to January 2004, featured photographs drawn from the vast archives of the Time-LIFE Picture Collection. It was the first time many of these original prints had been displayed since appearing in Time-LIFE publications.
The photographs featured in Made for America were taken for LIFE, Time and Fortune magazine assignments by some of the most noted names in the history of photojournalism including Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Horace Bristol, Martin Munkacsi, Erich Salomon and many more.
Revolutionary in American storytelling, these pioneering images from the Time-LIFE Picture Collection continue to shape our view of life.
When LIFE magazine debuted in 1936, few could have predicted the enormous impact the weekly publication would have on American culture. LIFE gave birth to a new way for Americans to experience the world and soon became a fixture in American households. When readers opened an issue of LIFE, they opened the world: happiness, tragedy, war and peace, politics and fashion were seen up close. LIFE changed the understanding of what the world looked like and what news was because it spoke in a language everyone could understand - pictures. LIFE launched America into the photographic age.
Source: Howard Greenberg Gallery