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Helluva Town


Want to see some amazing photographs of New York City in the 1940’s and 1950’s? We recently acquired Vivian Cherry’s Helluva Town, a book of black and white photographs with images of New Yorkers at street corners and fruit auctions, on the el train and on bocce ball courts. The photographs capture the kind of New York that always seems damp and chilly, kind of like today. 

Cherry has had a long career of photography which is ongoing. She had her first one-woman show in 1940 and she still roams New York with camera in hand! Her website gives you a sense of some of her new work as well as her older photos but seeing the images in person is far more impressive. While she has had many shows in galleries and museums, (even here at the New York Public Library) Helluva Town is her first book. If you’d like to see it in person we have the book on our New Books shelf in the Milstein Division.


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