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Guide to the Sidney Kerner Photographs
circa 1972-1981

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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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

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.


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.