Details

Title

Dancing in Queens

Artist/Maker

Sylvia Plachy (American, born Hungary, 1943)

Date

1996

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

15 15/16 × 19 13/16 inches

Credit

Gift of The National Millennium Survey organized by The College of Santa Fe and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Accession #

2005.148

On View

Currently not on view

Sylvia Plachy was born in Budapest, Hungary, and was smuggled out in 1956 after the collapse of the Hungarian revolution. Settling in New York in 1958, she began photographing in 1964 and over the next forty years established herself as a preeminent photojournalist. Her work sensitively portrays the emotional complexity of her subjects, empathetically capturing their inner experiences through the expressivity of their faces and gestures. As her close friend, mentor, and fellow photographer André Kertész commented, “I have never seen the moment sensed and caught on film with more intimacy and humanity.”

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