Old Clock Shop!

Listing No: 3721

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
3721
Artist:
John Albok (1894-1982)
Title:
Old Clock Shop!
Date of Work:
1932
Signature:
Signed in pencil on mount at low right.
Where Produced:
New York City, NY, USA
Presentation:
Unmatted

Artwork Medium

Type:
Photography
Sub Type:
B&W
Medium:
Gelatin Silver
Support:
on Photo Paper
Medium Notes:
Vintage print.

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
12 x 11.5 in. (Paper Size)
Secondary:
10.75 x 10.5 in. (Base Size)
Outer Dimensions:
20 x 16 in.
Size Notes:
This photograph was dry mounted by the Artist on a vintage utility board measuring 20 x 16 inches.

Artwork Surface

Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Matte

Artwork Condition

Condition:
The photograph displays minor "silvering-out" at the upper margin. The vintage mount is chipped at the corners, but otherwise intact and stable.

Artwork Provenance

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

About this Piece

John Albok's camera of preference was a medium format, twin lens reflex producing a square negative. The square is one of the most challenging formats to compose in photography. The placement of the four corners are critical to a successful, uncropped photograph. In Old Clock Shop, Albok creates a dynamic still life with a simple twist of the camera angle. Frozen in time, you will return to this gem again and again for a new discovery.

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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