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~Miki Johnson

We must be reminded every so often that photography was not always the top-dollar high art that is today. An exhibit at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library travels back to those early days of photography's acceptance and honors one of the earliest outlets for photographic exhibitions: The Midtown Y Photography Gallery. Founded in 1972 by Larry Siegel with the help of Robert Menschel, the gallery was the first nonprofit organization in New York City designed specifically for the public display of photographs. The more than 160 prints in the library's show include important work by the likes of Aaron Siskind, Arthur Tress, Arthur Leipzig, and Sy Rubin.

Another memory from a bygone time comes in the form of Li Zhensheng's Red-Color News Soldier, on view at the California Museum of Photography, it's first exhibition within the U.S. Named for the words written on armbands (above) given to Zhensheng and his group of Mao supporters during China's Cultural Revolution, this show includes photos Zhensheng took while working as a photographer for the Heilongjiang Daily newspaper. At the time, only "positive" images could be printed, but the exhibition includes "negative" images that Zhensheng kept secret until 1988.

~Miki Johnson

(Image: Arband given to Zhensheng/Courtesy red-colornewssoldier.com_)_

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