Philip Pocock, History of Art (E. 4th St. Ave A B), 1980, cibachrome, 35,5 x 42,5 cm, Philip Pocock / INDA Gallery

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Philip Pocock, Sylvia Plachy

In Vintage works by Sylvia Plachy and Philip Pocock, we revisit a great period of New York’s history, the 1970s and 1980s. “I have never seen anyone capture the moment with greater intimacy and humanity,” her mentor and close friend André Kertész said about Hungarian born New York photographer Sylvia Plachy. Her works present moments of Manhattan several decades ago – a tale of the city with street views and portraits told in Plachy’s unique, poetic language, of which Richard Avedon remarked: “…since Robert Frank’s America, I have not seen an oeuvre of such depth and power. She made me laugh and broke my heart.” Philip Pocock’s Cibachromes from the late 1970s and early 1980s (when he taught Cibachrome at ICP) are from his East Village series. Published in his book Obvious Illusion, published by George Braziller, they present the life of the poor side with a focus on street murals, the visual vernacular expressing the dreams of the people in the ghetto, painted on the walls.