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Guide to the Sidney Kerner Photographs
circa 1972-1981
 PR-193

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis (2002); migrated to ArchivesSpace by Joseph Ditta (2020)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 20, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kerner, Sidney, 1920-2013
Title: Sidney Kerner photographs
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1972-1981
Abstract: Images of Midtown structures and construction sites, such as the AT&T Building and IBM Building, that appeared in the New-York Historical Society exhibition "Manhattan observed: fourteen photographers look at New York, 1972-1981," which ran from July 1981 through April 1982.
Quantity: 1.67 Linear feet (16 black-and-white gelatin silver prints in 1 box).
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: PR-193

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Biographical / Historical

Brooklyn native Sidney Kerner (1920–2013) joined the Photo League in 1937, when he was just 17. During World War II he served in Okinawa, Japan, with the 28th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. After his time in the military Kerner was as a motion picture film cameraman. Between 1953 and 1961 he worked as a lighting director for NBC, and from 1961 until his retirement in 1991, filled the same position at ABC. Kerner's photographs are held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and the International Center of Photography, among other American and international repositories.

(This note draws from information on the photographer's defunct website: sites.google.com/site/sidneykerner/.)

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Scope and Contents

These images were exhibited at the New-York Historical Society in "Manhattan observed: fourteen photographers look at New York, 1972-1981" from July 1981 through April 1982. Kerner's photographs show buildings and capture structural details of construction sites in Chelsea and midtown Manhattan. Examples include the IBM Building (590 Madison Avenue) under construction as reflected in a bus window, graffiti at the AT&T Headquarters construction site, a crane reflected in the wall of glass windows of an office building, and the interior of the structural skeleton of AT&T Headquarters (later the Sony Building, 550 Madison Avenue).

The prints—ranging in size from 16 x 20 to 19.5 x 23.5 inches—were produced from the photographer's negatives by Modernage Photographic Services, Inc.

Arrangement

Photographs are organized by their numerical position in the New-York Historical Society exhibition "Manhattan observed: fourteen photographers look at New York, 1972-1981," which ran from July 1981 through April 1982.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Gelatin silver prints.
  • Photographic prints.

Subject Organizations

  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • Sony Building (New York, N.Y.) -- Photographs

Subject Places

  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Photographs.
  • Midtown Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions.

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Sidney Kerner Photographs, PR-193, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Credit line for exhibitions: "Gift of Sidney Kerner in memory of Mary Black, October 20, 1992."

Related Materials

Material on the exhibition "Manhattan observed: fourteen photographers look at New York, 1972-1981" is found in the New-York Historical Society Pictorial Archive (NYHS-RG 5), New-York Historical Society Press Clippings (NYHS-RG 7), and the New-York Historical Society Museum Department Records (NYHS-RG 20).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sidney Kerner, 1992.

Processing Information

This collection was removed from the Photographer File (PR-050) and inventoried by Jennifer Lewis in November 2002. Joseph Ditta migrated her WORD-document finding aid to ArchivesSpace in July 2020.

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Container List

Photographic prints (16)

Arrangement

Numbers in brackets preceding each title indicate that photograph's position in the New-York Historical Society exhibition "Manhattan observed: fourteen photographers look at New York, 1972-1981," which ran from July 1981 through April 1982.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [01] East 53rd Street and Third Avenue
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [02] West 46th Street off Broadway
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [04] New York Cultural Center
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [06] IBM building, Madison Avenue and East 56th Street
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [08] Construction detail, AT&T building, Madison Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [09] Tennis Bubble, Eight Avenue and West 26th Street
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [11] Reflection of 515 Madison Avenue in façade of Park Avenue Plaza
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [12] Reflection of IBM building in a bus window; the AT&T building in the background
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [13] AT&T building and IBM building, Madison Avenue and 56th Street
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [14] Interior of the AT&T building, southwest corner of East 56th Street
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [16] Reflection of a crane in the East 50s
Box: 1 Folder : 3 [18] Graffiti on the AT&T building construction site—55th Street off Madison Avenue
Box: 1 Folder : 4 [22] Renovation, 430 West 23rd Street
Box: 1 Folder : 4 [23] Exterior Wall, 426 West 23rd Street
Box: 1 Folder : 4 [24] Construction detail at the Hotel Parker Meridien, 118 West 57th Street
Box: 1 Folder : 4 [26] Chelsea Rooftops

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