The Giant

Listing No: 3182

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
3182
Artist:
John Albok (1894-1982)
Title:
The Giant
Date of Work:
1945
Signature:
Signed in pencil on mount at low right.
Signature Notes:
Albok titled this photograph in bold script on the mount below the print, perhaps for an exhibition in his tailor shop.
Where Produced:
New York City, NY, USA
Presentation:
Unmatted

Artwork Medium

Type:
Photography
Sub Type:
B&W
Medium:
Gelatin Silver
Medium Notes:
Vintage print.

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
10.5 x 8.5 in. (Sight Size)
Secondary:
9 x 7.5 in. (Image Size)
Outer Dimensions:
18 x 14 in.
Size Notes:
The photograph is dry mounted by the Artist on a vintage mount board measuring 18 x 14 inches.

Artwork Surface

Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Gloss

Artwork Condition

Condition:
The photograph is in excellent condition. The vintage mount is in good condition for it's age with a minor loss in upper right corner.

Artwork Provenance

Provenance:
Acquired directly from Artist's daughter, executor of the Estate of John Albok.

About this Piece

Albok carried his camera on every off moment away from the tailor shop.
Every day for him was filled with new discoveries and new photographs to make. Nothing escaped his attention. His playful title, "The Giant" gives us a clue what captivated him about this young boy in the street.

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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