Gallery Stock Presents the Museum of the City of New York

By Barbara Goldman

On the evening of Thursday, February 2, 2012, Gallery Stock   held a celebration at the landmark Museum of the City of New York, with a special reception for invited guests to introduce 4,000 new images from the museum’s historical archives.

Gallery Stock and the Museum of the City of New York have forged a partnership to promote thousands of rarely seen images which show the inspiring history of New York City’s development, street scenes, factory workers, architecture and everyday life of New Yorkers at the turn of the 20th century.

Gallery Stock is a premium Rights-Managed image library that offers creative content from some of the most distinguished and celebrated photographers in the world. The brand is dedicated to maintaining a standard of aesthetic and technical excellence, and customers and photographers are their partners and primary focus.  Gallery Stock stays ahead of the curve with cutting-edge visual solutions, and their partnership with MCNY is a testament to their innovation and ongoing creativity.

The new MCNY/Gallery Stock collections include:
Federal Art Project- These include images from the The Works Progress Administration (WPA) created in 1935 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The collection documents the social situation of people during the Depression with special attention to poverty, the garment industry, subway construction, outdoor markets and scenes and the waterfront of New York.
Byron Company- The Byron Company was one of New York City’s pre-eminent commercial photography studios from 1892-1942. They specialized in stage and ship photography, with attention to social elites, street scenes, sports and the workplace.
Wurts Brothers- The Wurts Brothers Company, from 1894-1979, was one of the first studios in New York City to specialize in architectural photography.  Founded by two brothers, Norman and Lionel Wurts, they documented the construction of landmarks such as the Woolworth Building and Rockefeller Center.
Office of War Information – This collection, gathered by the U.S. Office of War Information’s Overseas Branch in 1944, highlights such subjects as New York City’s infrastructure and landmarks including: the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, Washington Square Park, the subway system, as well as street life and factory workers.
George Miller- Iconic images of New York City street scenes and landmarks, by a previously unknown photographer.
All of these new collections can be viewed at and the evening’s brochure can viewed here: Gallery Stock Presents the Museum of the City of New York. 

As part of the evening’s celebratory events, guests were treated to s a special tour of the museum’s archives and two of the exhibits:  Cecil Beaton - The New York Years (closed February 20th)  and The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 (through April 15th).

With this partnership, both Gallery Stock and the Museum of the City of New York remind us of the enduring spirit of New Yorkers through their work, love of life and daily struggle for survival.  See some of the highlights of the evening here.



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