On an East Harlem sidewalk in the early 1960s, a 15-year-old encounters a globetrotting Magnum photographer. He hands the young man his camera. The young man becomes a photographer.
This is the unlikely origin story undergirding “Anchor,” an enthralling exhibition at Hunter College’s East Harlem gallery focused on Hiram Maristany, the East Harlem teenager who received his first camera, no less than a Leica IIIg, from the late lensman Bob Henriques. The first exhibition conceived by the university gallery’s recently appointed curator, Arden Sherman, “Anchor” (through June 13) consists of projects carried out by six artists — Nicole Cohen, Selena Kimball, Miguel Luciano, Steven Perez, Saul Williams, and Caroline Woolard — drawing on works from Maristany’s lifelong archive of images.
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