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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rebecca Lepkoff
    Born 1916, New York
    Died 2014, Townshend, Vermont
    1938 BA City College, New York

    Selected museum exhibitions: Tenement Museum, New York (2012); Jewish Museum, New York (2012); Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro (2010, 2013); New York Public Library, 2006
    Selected public collections:
    Museum of the City of New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Vermont Historical Society, Barre

    Growing up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Rebecca Lepkoff began photographing her native city upon buying her first camera in 1938. She was an active member of the famed Photo League, a cooperative of photographers in New York who banded together to promote creative and social causes. Images like “Kick the Can,” Ridge St., Lower East Side, 1947, chronicle the active life of the New York streets. According to the photographer: “People ask me – how did you know what to take? I just went outside, and there were the streets of my mother, of me, and whatnot. Very alive, full activity, with people.”


“Kick the Can," Ridge St., Lower East Side

signed on the secondary mount; futher signed, titled and dated with annotations in pencil on the reverse of the mount
gelatin silver print
12 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (32.4 x 26.4 cm.)

Estimate On Request

Place Advance Bid

NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019