Peter Sekaer, “Phrenologist’s Window”
The Depression era work of dane, Peter Sekaer, is on view beginning June, 19 through August, 21 at Lumiere in Atlanta. This gallery has had some terrific exhibits in recent months. We saw a Dorthea Lange selection of photos last fall that were meticulous in their selection and presentation.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1901, Peter Sekaer immigrated to the United States in 1918 at the age of seventeen. After successfully operating a printing business in New York City producing posters, advertisements and window displays, he enrolled in the Art Students League in 1929 to study painting. He soon became involved in the New York art scene, befriending, among others, the artist Ben Shahn and the photographer Walker Evans.
By 1934 Sekaer had left painting behind to study photography with Berenice Abbott at the New School for Social Research. Through his friendship with Walker Evans he secured contracts from 1936 to 1943 to work on assignment as a photographer for various government agencies that were created as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal program. In 1945 Sekaer started his own commercial photography business, shooting advertisements and human interest stories for magazines.
For our readers in Atlanta, make sure you stop by and check this exhibit out as well as the one at the High Museum, also containing the work of Sekaer.
For more information: Lumiere
For the High exhibit: High Museum