Made You Look

In one of Frank Paulin’s most iconic images, a boy wearing a gas mask stands on the periphery of a playground, where carefree children run around monkey bars. The photojournalist began snapping bombed-out European cities during World War II, when he was employed to take Army ID photos. He moved to NYC, continued to take what he calls “walking-around photos,” AKA street photography, and is now immortalized in the collections of New York’s MoMA and Whitney.

But you don’t have to venture to the Big Apple to see his photos. Thanks to a recent gift to the Lowe Art Museum, 30 of his images will be exhibited in “Frank Paulin: An American Documentarian” through next January. Paulin claimed to have stalked serendipity, capturing ordinary scenes in extraordinary compositions. See America’s Henri Cartier-Bresson this Tuesday.
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.; Sundays, noon. Starts: July 6. Continues through Jan. 31, 2010
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