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Ethan Levitas. "Frame 21" from "Photographs in 3 Acts," 2012. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. © and reproduced courtesy of Ethan Levitas Projects.

Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past. What are some of the platforms and networks through which photographs have been shared? In what ways have we, as photography’s public and one of its subjects, been engaged over time? To what ends has the street served as a venue for photographic practice since its beginnings? And, of more recent concern, are we risking our privacy in pursuit of a more public photography? Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from the Library’s collections, explores the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public. Photography has always been social.

Free public tours of the exhibition are available at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. You can interact with photography at the exhibition, as well as online.

On BroadwayRepresenting digital traces of life in a twenty-first century city, On Broadway compiles images and other data collected along the thirteen miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.

StereogranimatorView, create, and share 3D images from the stereograph collections of The New York Public Library and Boston Public Library. You can also stereogranimate your own photos via Flickr.

December 12th, 2014 - January 3rd, 2016 Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Major support provided by Robert B. Menschel — Vital Projects Fund. Additional support from the Carl Jacobs Foundation; the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc., in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein; an anonymous donor; and the continuing generosity of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach.

Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman.