November, 1933

Listing No: 10429

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
10429
Artist:
John Albok (1894-1982)
Title:
November, 1933
Date of Work:
1933
Signature:
Signed in pencil on mount at low right below image.
Where Produced:
New York City, New York, USA.
Presentation:
Unmatted

Artwork Medium

Type:
Photography
Sub Type:
B&W
Medium:
Gelatin Silver
Support:
on Photo Paper
Medium Notes:
This is a medium weight, fiber base printing paper with a velvet-like finish.

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
11.25 x 10.5 in. (Paper Size)
Outer Dimensions:
20 x 15.75 in.
Size Notes:
This photograph was dry mounted by the Artist on a vintage utility board measuring 20 x 15.75 inches.

Artwork Surface

Texture:
Flat
Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Matte

Artwork Condition

Condition:
The photograph displays minor silvering-out particularly in the silver rich, dark tones in the lower margin. The vintage mount is chipped at the corners, but otherwise intact and stable.

Artwork Provenance

Collection:
Andy and Beckie Reisberg
Provenance:
Acquired directly from Artist’s daughter, executor of the Estate of John Albok.

About this Piece

Though the exact location of this image is not documented, it is likely to be a scene in Central Park, directly across the street from Albok's tailor shop and residence on Madison Avenue in the 1930's. Albok's sensitive eye for composition and his skill in the darkroom is evidenced in this image. This is one of the rare photographs that he printed on a mat surfaced paper to communicate a pictorial feeling of the scene in his viewfinder.

About the Artist

John Albok, a Hungarian immigrant, maintained a livelihood as a master tailor on Madison Avenue in New York City for nearly sixty years while pursuing avocations of photography, cinematography, music and painting. In his lifetime, Albok created over 16,000 photographs in the confines of his tailor shop, and was the subject of hundreds of reviews, tributes publications and awards.

John Albok was a self-taught photographer and print maker whose prolific career spanned the years of the Depression through the recovery years of the Roosevelt administration. Albok’s mastery of photography was his ability to capture on film the character and feeling of a place, the essence of a moment, and the dignity and humility of a person no matter how impoverished or downtrodden. He is acknowledged as a preeminent chronicler of his time, and his work is found in the permanent collections of major museums worldwide.

ARTIST STATEMENT

"I carry a camera on every off moment. The people of the city, young or old, rich or poor, are my subjects. The flowers, the trees, the ever-changing beauties that dwell in the sky, lovers in the park… the dream of my childhood. My images of the people are unaffected, many times laced with a tragic sense of life that speaks for itself. I like the freedom of selecting my subject matter at will and then to create them in the manner of the artist. Living life is a great art. The more we cultivate it, the better it will be for ourselves and our children." John Albok, 1979

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