About This Image

Sylvia Plachy was a staff photographer for the Village Voice for over 25 years. Her photographs have also appeared in the New Yorker, Grand Street, New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and ArtForum.

Her first book, Unguided Tour, published by Aperture, won the 1990 ICP Infinity Award for best publication. Additional books to her credit include Red Light, a book about the sex industry, Signs and Relics, and most recently a personal history of Eastern Europe, Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home. Plachy's photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among many others. She has had solo exhibits in NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Budapest, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver.

Sylvia is the recipient of the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in Budapest in 1943, Plachy currently lives and works in NYC. Richard Avedon wrote of Sylvia Plachy: "She makes me laugh and she breaks my heart. She is moral. She is everything a photographer should be".

Inscribed on the verso in pencil: "To Ted & Carolyn and the children. With good wishes and love, Sylvia Plachy 2003."

Provenance: estate of Ted Harwell, former curator of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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Gorilla Mother and Baby
Sylvia Plachy Gorilla Mother and Baby

Price $1,250

Main Image

Ref.# 12399

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 2003  Print Date 2003

Dimensions 12-1/2 x 8-3/8 in. (318 x 213 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)


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