John Szarkowski RIP
Another notable passing in the world of photography on the heels of Bernd Becher’s recent death. John Szarkowski, photographer and curator of photography at MoMA in New York for almost 30 years, credited with being the first to bring attention to the likes of Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, and later for introducing the work of William Eggleston to a large audience, thus paving the way for their mainstream critical acceptance and widespread influence on American photography since then. I love the fact that art critic Hilton Kramer completely panned Eggleston’s first show, quipping, in response to Szarkowski’s assertion of their perfection: “Perfect? Perfectly banal, perhaps. Perfectly boring, certainly.” Getty Images gave Eggleston a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Link to obit in NY Times by Philip Gefter here