The Daily Pic

02.16.12

Street Photos, Sold There

The Daily Pic: Zoe Strauss lets her subjects see the fine photos they're in.

Zoe Strauss shot this photo in 2001 and it is now in her solo show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Strauss, an art activist and self-trained artist, does classic American street photography, with a difference: Before being shown in art galleries, her pictures were mounted in annual shows in an abandoned space under I-95 in South Philadelphia, where they were on sale for five dollars. Strauss goes some way toward bridging the troubling gap that’s always existed between elite art photographers and their humble subjects.