Opening Reception Wednesday, September 12th, 5-7pm
“Luke Swank began photographing in the mid-late 1920s when industry and progress were being celebrated. Yet it was not until the effects of the Depression were felt that Swank developed his signature style and turned his camera to vanishing scenes of American life. Vernacular architecture was one of his main subjects. Walker Evans and Aaron Siskind were concurrently examining sites in Pennsylvania, as had Charles Sheeler twenty years prior, but the formal elements of Swank’s compositions are nevertheless recognizable and distinct. These include compression of planes through dark shadow, light and dominant line, as well as wider landscape contexts. In closer views where façades fill the frame, texture and graphic elements are accentuated. ”
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs
764 Madison Avenue between 65th and 66th streets
Also published on Medium.