The Photographs of Homer Page at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Homer Page, a brilliant American photographer, is reintroduced to the public when The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Year, New York, 1949-50 opens on Feb. 14 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The exhibition of rare vintage black-and-white prints, on view through June 7, will focus on the innovative work he produced in New York in 1949 and 1950, funded by a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. These works are drawn from a total of about 100 prints by Page in the Museum’s Hallmark Photographic Collection, acquired by the Nelson-Atkins in 2006.

Homer Page used a Guggenheim fellowship in 1949-50 to photograph New York City. Included in the 2006 Hallmark Photographic Collection gift to the Nelson-Atkins were some 100 of his vintage black-and-white prints. The Museum is thus in a unique position to celebrate his remarkable artistic achievement: his vision, at once gritty and lyrical, of the face of metropolitan America at mid-century. In recording the city so intently, Page had a larger goal in mind: to suggest nothing less than the emotional tenor of life at that time and place.

From an artistic standpoint, Page’s work represents a “missing link” between the warm, humanistic, and socially motivated documentary photographs of the 1930s and early 1940s in the works of Dorothea Lange, and the tougher, grittier and more existential work of the later 1950s as seen in the images of Robert Frank.

Opens on Feb. 14 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Free admission, no exhibition tickets required.