Marvelous original mixed media photograph "Photo Booth" by Irene Schwachman (1915-1988). This 1971 photo is a 16 1/2" by 11" borderless silver gelatin print mounted on a 24" by 20" board. Her signature and the date are on the board below the print. This unique print has a silver mylar insert to recreate the mirror on the original photo booth. A wonderful idea which allows that viewing the work temporarily changes it. This image is also featured in her 1987 art book "Now You Know... This Is Serious Photography" where she had the image printed on clear acetate back by a silver mirrored sheet as shown in the photos above. Only about 20 images are included in this work so she must have highly valued this one. A copy of this scarce book is included with the photograph for the purchaser. Also shown and included is the artist's original label affixed to the back of the work. In it's original 27" by 22" wooden frame. The print is in excellent condition with a slight bit of wear to the top edge near the left corner o/w mint. This is probably a unique work or maybe one of a very few and the presence of the label with her address may indicate that it was a piece she exhibited. The 6th photo shows the picture with the mat raised showing that there is no mat-burn to the board.
About the artist: Irene Shwachman, born Irene Shirley Quinto on July 30, 1915, in New York City, she grew up in Manhattan, graduated in 1932 from the Calhoun School, attended New College, Columbia University for three years studying theatrical production and education. She became interested in photography in 1927 and was a self taught artist. Her work is in urban and rural social documentation. She creates multiple images from transparencies and with collage, many incorporating written texts and as in this case, unusual materials. In 1951, she exhibited at the Abstraction in Photography Show at the Museum of Modern Art along with works by Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Cartier- Bresson & others. In 1980s, Shwachman was honorary curator of photographs at Brockton Art Museum, Massachusetts. She taught photography from 1966 to 1979 at the School of the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. She was consultant in photography for the Wellesley (Massachusetts) Public Schools (1966-68), for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (1962-63) and for Carl Siembab Gallery in Boston (1959-61). A huge collection of her works and materials is held by the Center For Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Needless to say, space prohibits a more detailed listing of her many accomplishments.
Vintage Mixed Media Photograph by Irene Schwachman