Unseen New York: Rare Works by Charles Ruppmann 1960 — 1980
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 10th 2 — 5 pm
The Field Gallery is proud to bring back celebrated New York Daily News photographer Charles Ruppmann in Unseen New York: Rare Works 1960 — 1980. In this new exhibit — carefully curated from over 3,000 archival photos, many seen here for the first time — Ruppmann captures the citizens of New York in a series of portraits unmatched in their striking complexity, clarity and mystery. Many of the photos are shown in their original, unedited formats with the News’ editors grease-pencil mark-ups; some are photos-of-photos, the original negatives having been stolen or lost from the archives.
Charles Ruppmann started out as a copyboy at the Daily News immediately after graduating high school in 1960, and later was encouraged to apprentice in the photo department darkroom to learn the workings and technique from the ground up. His talent and hard work led him to be promoted to one of 54 staff photographers in February of 1967.
Honing his craft during the overnight shift, he covered the entire beat of the city: crime, society events, riots, fires and the beginnings of paparazzi photography. For Unseen New York, Ruppmann puts a distinctly individualistic face on the signposts of the times. Images of New York such as Black, LGBTQ and women’s rights activists, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, masked,protesting priests, stoic cops on their way to quell riots, weary subway riders, vendors in Spanish Harlem markets and champagne-swilling Danceteria new wavers are all captured by Ruppmann’s lens and transformed by his keen eye into high art.