Virtual Tour—The Lower East Side: Selections from the ICP Collection
The Lower East Side: Selections from the ICP Collection primarily draws from ICP’s rich holdings of mid-twentieth-century works and examines the role images play in creating narratives about first port of entry for generations of immigrants in the Lower East Side. While late nineteenth-century social reformers attempted to show middle and upper-class New Yorkers “how the other half lives,” later photographers had a different, and often more personal, relationship with the neighborhood. In fact, many of the social documenatrians and street photographers of the 1930s and 1940s were first-generation Americans born on the Lower East Side, who created sensitive and nuanced portraits of their neighbors and shared environment.
For optimal viewing, we recommend using Chrome or Safari web browsers and using full screen mode by clicking the icon on the bottom right corner of the video panel. Make sure to check out the #ICPSounds Spotify playlist inspired by the show—tune in while exploring the virual tour for an immersive experience.