At Robert Miller Gallery, Revealing Portraits by Josh Lehrer

NEW YORK—”FSA Photography & Contemporary Social Realism,” an exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery features current and historic images by 11 photographers who train their lenses on ordinary people.

Nearly a century ago during the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration dispatched photographers to document the plight of Americans during the economic crisis. A selection of these dramatic and revealing images by the likes of Walker Evans, as well as Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee and Marion Post Wolcott, is on view at the gallery.

But contemporary images by Josh Lehrer manage to overshadow them, not just by virtue of their grand scale, but also by the humanity they convey. The series titled, “Becoming Visible,” captures homeless transgender teens in black-and-white portraits.

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