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Best of the Best 2013: Art & Collectibles: Photography: Howard Greenberg Gallery

  • Marsden Ford

In the late 1970s, when vintage photographic prints could hardly be given away, a photographer named Howard Greenberg began selling them from a gallery in Woodstock, N.Y. Today, Greenberg resides in the tony environs of Manhattan’s Fuller Building on East 57th Street, and the prices for photographs (not to mention their esteem in the art world) have risen exponentially. Greenberg deserves much of the credit. Over three decades, he has championed the refined work of the photo secessionists Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, the gritty FSA documentary work of Russell Lee, and the unconventional vision of William Klein and Sarah Moon.

In 2012, the gallery continued to break ground, making headlines with an exhibition of the newly discovered work of Vivian Maier, who, beginning in the 1950s, assiduously created a stunning body of street photography. In partnership with Lumiere Press of Toronto, the gallery also published a collection of Steichen’s early modernist photographs and, in the fall, marked the centennial of Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks with a two-show celebration. Moreover, the gallery picked up several major artists, including contemporary color specialist Joel Meyerowitz.

Howard Greenberg Gallery, 212.334.0010, www.howardgreenberg.com