HELENE STURDIVANT MAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
Asia Then: Photographs by Alfred Palmer
May 4 - June 23, 2013 / Curated by Julia Palmer Gennert & Elia Haworth
Alfred Palmer (American,1906-1993) was just 19 years old in 1925 when he shipped out on his first of twenty-three voyages around the world. What he saw and photographed in each exotic port started him on a fifty-year career as a photographer and documentary filmmaker.
This exhibition of vintage prints features images of China and Japan between 1925 and 1947. Both China and Japan are great cultures with ancient and often inter-twined histories. Each emerged from devastation in the mid-twentieth century to become world economic and technological powers in the early 21st Century, with tremendous impact on our American economy and way of life. Through Palmer’s artistic eye we glimpse both the old way of life and hints of the coming modernization.
Photographs in this exhibition are courtesy of Julia Palmer Gennert