# 29950

BELL, Catherine

Street strollers of New York

$35.00 AUD

Melbourne : Monash Gallery of Art, 2014. Duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, unpaginated, photobook.

Street strollers of New York is a sequence of photographs that document African-American nannies shuttling white children through the affluent mid-town streets of Manhattan. Catherine Bell’s interest in this subject grew out of her own experience working as a nanny in London; she embarked on this project with the notion to pay tribute to an under-acknowledged workforce. While there is a significant tradition in documentary photography of images of heroic workers, Bell’s images of African-American nannies belong to another tradition altogether – that of the clandestine street photograph. In these pictures, taken with a hidden camera and for the most part without the subject’s knowledge, Bell has cast each nanny in the role of a fugitive.’ – Stephen Zagala, curator.

Published to coincide with the exhibition: New photography from the footpath /​ Catherine Bell, Glenn Sloggett, Ian Tippett. Monash Gallery of Art 3 April – 8 June 2014.

A scarce Australian photobook.

Two copies recorded on Trove (UQ, Monash) with another in the ACU.