PAUL McDONOUGH: NYC in 35mm b/w

Priest With Dark Glasses, NYC, 1970
(c) Paul McDonough/All rights reserved, Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
Blind Man, Old Woman, Hari Krishnas, NYC, 1972
(c) Paul McDonough/All rights reserved, Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
5th Avenue Parade, Group of Men and Boy, NYC, 1969
(c) Paul McDonough/All rights reserved, Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery
Photograph by Garry Winogrand of Tod Papageorge
helping a lady across the street, with Paul McDonough on the right

PAUL McDONOUGH documented life in New York City in 35mm black and white during the late 60's and early 70's. His images capture the "improv theater" feel the city streets had at that time. His introduction into the photography scene, including workshops with Garry Winogrand, came through fellow photographer Tod Papageorge. It's probably fair to say Papageorge influenced McDonough to get into photography after his earlier career as a studio painter. They had known each other literally since kindergarten and grade school. When Tod was 12, his family moved to a house just across the street from Paul's.

In the late 60's and 70's, you would find McDonough, Tod Papageorge, Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz in the Museum of Modern Art cafe
deep in discussion. Before the 2000 MOMA expansion that now brings visitors in by the hordes, the MOMA cafe and sculptor garden was the nicest place in NYC to hang out over coffee. Beautifully designed by Philip Johnson, it had just the right atmosphere. On any given day you could find yourself sitting next to Cartier-Bresson at one table and sculptor Claes Oldenburg at another.

McDonough has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Dreyfus Corporation and many other public and private collections. He's taught photography at Yale University, Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design and Fordham University. Expect Paul McDonough's book New York, 1968-1978 to be published by Umbrage Editions in 2010.

He is represented by Sasha Wolf Gallery


Alexandra MacVean said...

I stumbled across your blog via Willow's and I am glad I came. Your blog is very interesting. I enjoyed today's post about Paul. Thank you for sharing such great information/history.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Have not had a chance to visit the MOMA since the Great Expansion. Guess I had best plan on being there as earlier as possible with an outline in mind on the next NYC trip.

Gotta love the street photographers. This set is superb for showing the quickness and eye of the urban photographer.

Karen and Sara Brown said...

these are great images elizabeth! and the most recent post...that image of the baby...wow.

-K- said...

I've never heard of this guy before but he looks like the kind of photographer I like most. Thanks.

Sloan Laurits said...

Very cool stuff. Have you ever seen Danny Weiss' stuff?
He's a skate friend of mine and Matt's. Super prolific photographer. He shoots film and develops in his Dad's bathtub. Some of his pictures are so timeless, I'm happy to know Danny's out there. New York sure needs it.

Check it out: