For your consideration, an original circa 1940-1959 vintage black and white silver gelatin photograph by the noted 20th century American photographer Wendell MacRae (1896-1980). Entitled, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” the work features a singing dancer in motion, presumably a stage play or modern dance company performance (Martha Graham Co.?) staged for the photographer. The print is rich in tonality and detail. The work is in good vintage condition and measures 9 ¼” x 7”, framed 14 ½” x 11 ½”. Signed by on the matt in pencil “Wendell MacRoe, N.Y.”. A very rare work, museum grade.
Like many of his contemporaries of the late 1920's and early 30's the photographer Wendell MacRae saw a hushed beauty in machinery and lovely geometries in sunlight and shadow on Manhattan skyscraper facades. Unlike such artists as Margaret Bourke-White or Ralph Steiner, MacRae didn't seem as intent on showing the majestically or coldly beautiful. Instead, in his elegant photographs, whether they're of hand tools or factories or cityscapes, he seldom lost sight of a gentle human component.
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