Calling the Children of the World, Heckscher Foundation, N.Y.C.

Listing No: 5315

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
5315
Artist:
John Albok (1894-1982)
Title:
Calling the Children of the World, Heckscher Foundation, N.Y.C.
Date of Work:
1937
Alternate Title:
Isadora Duncan Style Dancers
Signature:
Unsigned. Photographer's stamp on verso.
Signature Notes:
Ink inscription on verso: The John Albok Estate © Ilona Albok Vitarius
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 double weight, fiber base printing paper with a matte finish. The print is brown toned.

Artwork Size & Weight

Primary:
6.75 x 7.5 in.
Outer Dimensions:
6.75 x 7.5 in.
Size Notes:
This is a borderless, unmounted photograph.

Artwork Surface

Texture:
Flat
Surface Reflectivity:
Even - Matte

Artwork Condition

Condition:
Very Good condition for a vintage print of this age. Diffused staining appears along the right edge.

Artwork Provenance

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

About this Piece

This is a rare example of John Albok's experimentation with the creative process. This image was created from a single negative. Six separate exposures were made by rotating the printing easel under the enlarger.

"The Heckscher Foundation was founded in 1921 to promote the welfare of children in New York City and elsewhere throughout the United States. Today, it provides grants to youth-serving organizations in the fields of education, family services, child welfare, health, arts and recreation. With a focus on children and education the foundation continues its education philanthropy to this day and level the playing field for all children in NYC." (Foundation Statement)

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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