Face Over The City

Listing No: 3722

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
3722
Artist:
John Albok (1894-1982)
Title:
Face Over The City
Date of Work:
1934
Alternate Title:
Cloud Formation
Signature:
Unsigned
Signature Notes:
Ink inscription on verso: John Albok Archive (copyright) Ilona Albok Vitarius
Where Produced:
New York City, NY, USA
Presentation:
Matted - Overmat

Artwork Medium

Type:
Photography
Sub Type:
B&W
Medium:
Gelatin Silver
Support:
on Photo Paper

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
10.5 x 10.75 in. (Paper Size)
Outer Dimensions:
20 x 16 in.
Size Notes:
Photograph is lose and unmounted. An acid-free presentation mat measuring 20 x 16 inches is provided.

Artwork Surface

Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Matte

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Excellent vintage condition.

Artwork Provenance

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

About this Piece

This photograph is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

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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