“Sonia Resika (1988)” was one of many Robert Mapplethorpe images in “The Perfect Moment”, a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2016 photography exhibit was on display at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from mid-March through the end of July.
As a street photographer, roaming through museums and galleries is enjoyable not only for the beautiful art, but for the juxtapositions or symmetry created by visitors and the art – be it sculpture, painting, or photography. Here I crossed paths with this museum-goer several times during the course of viewing this Mapplethorpeexhibition. The dress she was wearing, her high heel shoes, her almost model-like pose were a perfect compliment to the art. A second “photo of the week’ wasposted in January from the same Mapplethorpe Exhibit with the same museum-goer. It was simply happenstance.
There are photographers who concentrate of this type of art. Stefan Draschan, for one, spends hours with his camera in galleries and museums trying to capture museum-goers who maymatch the pieces they’re looking at. Famous street photographer Elliott Erwitt, has published “Museum Watching” (Phaidon Press Limited, 1999), a visual observation of his many years watching people who are observing thearts.Thebook’scover is instructive: “I am a dedicated people watcher who loves to see art and art watchers watching. Museums provide irresistible visual feats of science, history, art on canvas, in sculpture, in buildingsthat are themselves art. Blending with displays, spectators provide the human scale, thinking, judging, having fun, feeling sensibilities. It all makes fine hunting for a furtive photographer on the prowl”.
For more information on David’s street photography, please explore this websitewww.DavidKalbPhotography.com. Note one of the galleries includes images from art museums in San Francisco, New York, Seattle – as well as Los Angeles.