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High to debut Peter Sekaer photography exhibition in 2010

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"Phrenologist's Window" was shot in New Orleans in 1936. It will be in the High's Sekaer exhibit.

The High Museum of Art announced today it will debut the first major exhibition of work by photographer Peter Sekaer in June 2010.

The exhibition “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer,” will be on view from June 5, 2010, to January 9, 2011, and is organized by the High from pieces new to the permanent collection and loans from other collections and the artist’s estate. It will show about 75 vintage gelatin silver prints, including some that have never been on public view.

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Sekaer photographed this farmer in Dalton in 1935 or 1936.

A High press release said the photographs were shot from 1935 to 1945 and document the effects of the Great Depression.

A 1982 New York Times article about a show featuring Sekaer’s work called him “a fine photographer but not a famous one.” Sekaer photographed for government agencies like the Rural Electrification Administration and the United States Housing Authority in 20 cities where projects were planned. In the Times piece he’s quoted as saying that differences among them were “never to be found in the size and shape of the post office, the railway depot or the memorial park, but in the people and in their homes.”

The High has another photography exhibit planned for next year, “The Portrait Unbound,” with works by Robert Weingarten. It opens  Jan. 23, 2010 and continues through May.

Want to go? High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

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[...] June 5, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011: “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer” This High-organized exhibition will be the first dedicated to the work of photographer Peter Sekaer, who photographed American cities — including some in Georgia — to document the effects of the Great Depression. Read more about it in this blog post, “High to debut Peter Sekaer exhibition in 2010.” [...]