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b. 1934, USA

Larry Silver Biography

A member of the Photo League, Larry Silver began his career by photographing the streets and subways of New York City, and has continued to capture the lifestyles and social landscapes that surround him for more than fifty years. From his images of local weightlifters, body builders, and acrobats populating the beaches of Santa Monica, to his documentation of the isolated relationship between the inhabitants and the physical landscape of the evolving metropolitan suburb of Westport, Connecticut, Silver's compositions are embedded with a lyricism and balance that define his trademark style. In 2003 Silver broke away from documentary work, and began to create altered landscape images through experimental dark room techniques and paper manipulation. The artist's new direction would result in series such as From the Medium to the Message, capturing water abstractions that bear witness to the effects of people in their environment, and New Vision, featuring one-of-a-kind compositions that relate most readily to Abstract Expressionist works and experimental imagery from the Bauhaus School.

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Born in 1934 in New York, Silver studied photography at the High School of Industrial Art in 1949. The school's proximity to Peerless Camera Store enabled Silver to meet numerous members of the prestigious Photo League, including W. Eugene Smith, Weegee and Lou Bernstein. In Silver's senior year, he won first prize in the Scholastic-Ansco Photography Awards, and was granted a full scholarship to the Art Center School in Los Angeles. He has had three solo exhibitions with Bruce Silverstein in 2002, 2007 and 2011.

He has had group and solo exhibitions in prominent institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tampa Museum of Art, Florida; International Center of Photography, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Delaware Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing. He was also featured in the exhibition The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 at the Jewish Museum, New York.

Larry Silver's work is in over 25 museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Smithsonian Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut; and the George Eastman House, Rochester.

His work has been published in numerous books and catalogues including Made in California (2000); New York, Portrait of a City (2010); This Was the Photo League (2001) and Suburban Visions (2002).

Larry Silver Featured Artworks

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Sleepers by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Sleepers, 1954 Gelatin silver print
7.5 x 12 cm
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Boardwalk View, Muscle Beach Santa Monica, CA by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Boardwalk View, Muscle Beach Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed 1983
10 x 17.5 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Riding Academy, Norwalk, CT by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Riding Academy, Norwalk, CT, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed 2004
9.25 x 19.18 cm
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Dancing on the Jetties by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Dancing on the Jetties, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Beach Showers, Westport CT by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Beach Showers, Westport CT, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2004
16 x 20 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Untitled (Boys in Parking Lot) by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Untitled (Boys in Parking Lot), 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed later
16 x 20 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Unicyclist, Saugatuck Shores, Westport, CT by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Unicyclist, Saugatuck Shores, Westport, CT, 1973 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1981
16 x 20 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Newsboy, Muscle Beach Santa Monica, CA by Larry Silver contemporary artwork photography
Larry Silver Newsboy, Muscle Beach Santa Monica, CA, 1954 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985
16 x 20 inches
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery

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