People’s feelings about the place of politics in art are invariably colored by their politics, but a second look at “The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951” at the Norton Museum of Art through June 16, makes it clear that the Photo League constituted some sort of landmark for the way it effectively localized Popular Front politics.
Politics - overt or implied - had been present in photography since “The Steerage,” and similar photographs of the early 20th century that implicitly criticized contemporary society by focusing on the underclass.
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“The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951”: Through June 16, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach. Information: norton.org