Reflected Images (Chicago), from "Society's Man"Artist(s)Algimantas KezysArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1968; printed 1984Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
23 15/16 in x 19 15/16 in (60.8 cm x 50.64 cm);28 in x 22 in (71.12 cm x 55.88 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. Milda BudrysLabel copy
In these photograhs, Algimantas Kezys and Carl Chiarenza disrupt the legibility of their subjects by using mirrors and windows that manipulate our view rather than simply reflecting it.
Originally from Lithuania, Kezys moved to Chicago in 1950 and spent several decades photographing the monumental urban landscape around him. In Reflected Images (Chicago),
a cracked mirror fractures the silhouettes of two anonymous men in suits. Here, as in other photographs from his Society's Man
series (1962-69), Kezys deploys refelctive surfaces and stark contrasts between light and dark to evoke the striking, if unsettling, nature of a city environment.
Chiarenza similarly revels in the formal and conceptual potential of glass fragments to convey the urban experience. In his Bat Window, West End, Boston,
he frames the shadowed space beyond a broken pane of glass, which takes on the dark, ominous shape of a winged creature. The image is made at close range, drawing our attention to the graffiti rendered in the dust and dirt on the surface of the glass. Though largely abstract, this image of a potentially vandalized window signals the bleak socio-economic conditions in Boston's historically working-class West End neighborhood.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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