Gitterman Gallery is proud to
present an exhibition of vintage black and white photographs by
Roswell Angier (b.1940). The exhibition will open on Thursday, December 2nd from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
The exhibition includes work from Roswell Angiers acclaimed book,
Conversations in the Combat Zone (Addison House, 1976), as well as work from the late 1970s and
early 1980s of Native American border towns in New Mexico and Arizona.
In the 1950s, when Boston was a major Navy port, the area around Washington Street became known
as the Combat Zone; the name derived from the Shore Patrolmen, who prowled the rock-and-roll bars,
busting the heads of sailors. By the 1970s, when Angier spent two and half years (1973-1975)
photographing the area, the sailors and patrolmen were gone, and the rock-and-roll bars had been
replaced by strip clubs.
Angier used his Leica to capture more than the mere fantasies of customers; his interest was
complexity of the people of adult entertainment community. He became acquainted with
many of the
strippers and showgirls who allowed him to photograph them. Angiers pictures of these
there is a lot which they never reveal on stage, or in their breezy conversations
dark shadows of the clubs; qualities of grace, wit, resilience, and singleness of heart.
From 1978-1982, Angier continued his social documentary work, exploring the Native American
communities of New Mexico and Arizona. Having driven through the area numerous times, and
influenced by Robert Franks image of an Indian bar on Highway 66 in Gallup, N.M., Angier
photographing the towns surrounding the Navajo reservation. Angiers images depict
a people trying
to persevere in the midst of a community gripped by increasing marginalization and debilitating
Roswell Angier has taught photography for over 35 years; he currently heads the photography
program at Tufts University. Angiers work is included in numerous institutional collections
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham,
Massachusetts; Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kresge Art Museum,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts;
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham,
Massachusetts; Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.; Wells Fargo Bank, Los Angeles, California.
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