Harvey Silver’s photography exhibit at the EV Gallery is a time-capsule of America starting in the late 60’s during a time of unprecedented historical change. Silver’s work documents people and the times in a definitive and dramatic way.
It was an age of flagging innocence when the fabric of American society was being rended by social trauma and strife: war, racial unrest, assassinations. At the same time, though, the late 60s also brought an awakening to a new reality; an Aquarian dream may have been dying, but its spirit was evolving through art, particularly the golden music of youth.
Harvey Silver was there, capturing both memorable and forgotten NYC moments through the lens of his 35-milimeter Nikkomat camera. He brings his work to EV Gallery, 621 E. 11th St., in a solo show entitled Changin’ Times that opens Dec. 3 and runs through Jan. 14.
“The world was in upheaval. Everything was interesting — the counterculture, the music, the politics — I viewed everything as a potential photograph. Documenting it enhanced the experience of living through it,” Silver said
Growing up in New York City, Harvey’s first inspiration and mentor was his father, George Silver, who managed the professional camera store, Royaltone at 24th & 7th. As a teenager, Harvey started photographing the counter-culture, artistic happenings, the anti-war movement, his family and friends, as well as the people and styles inhabiting the streets of NYC and across the country. He attended concerts and music festivals, capturing iconic performers, including Pete Seeger, The Band, Gram Parsons, Tim Buckley, Eric Andersen, Dave Van Ronk, Buddy Guy, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, and more.
621 E. 11th St., New York, NY