Vintage silver print, 1976
Image 18-1/4 x 12-1/4 in., unmounted (sheet 20 x 16 in.)
Signed, numbered and dated by the artist on the verso, "John R. Gossage 3/25 1976"
In pristine condition, in a silver-leaf carved frame 29 x 23 x 2 in.
This image was one of Gossage's entries in the Bicentennial project at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1976. Eight photographers were invited to participate, in pairs; Gossage was paired with Jan Groover. In her introduction to the catalogue for Gossage, Jane Livingston, the Corcoran's Chief Curator, writes:
"Among photographers, Gossage admires, above all, Eugene Atget; and second to Atget, Walker Evans. He says of Atget that his lesson is simple: "For him style is dictated by subject matter. [...] Gossage gets very close to his subject (but without immersing himself in it) and, with the best photographs, lures the viewer into the picture by means of either sheer eccentricity or irresistible gorgeousness. [...] Gossage has a sure and daring instinct for the correct size of the print which I find nearly unparalleled among straight photographers. [...] But Gossage's inclination to bring up the image, both by expanding the size of the print and in the way he prints, so that the all-over density and complexity of detail is both soft and legible, is completely defensible. [...] We see in the present group of photographs two essential types of work - the rather impenetrably brutal ones..., and the densely-packed and more seductive ones.... At the [latter] extreme is one of Gossage's tours de force - 811 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., an image conveying distinct humor along with visual richness and perfect topical aptness."
Published: Better Neighborhoods of Greater Washington. The Nation's Capital in Photographs, 1976/ John R. Gossage, Washington, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, September 24-November 21, 1976, no. 6.