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Got a hankering for retro? Photography-wise, it doesn’t get more retro than the creamy grayscales of the 1920s and 1930s now on display in “Photography Between the Wars” at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. The exhibit, composed of works from Virginia Marshall Zabriskie’s venerable New York City gallery, includes lesser-known, but classic, images by such giants as Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Carl van Vechten, Weegee, and Edward Weston, ranging from documentary work to fashion to portraiture. But some of the most striking works in this 38-piece exhibit are by artists who are considerably less prominent. One offbeat photograph by Gilles Ehrmann documents a sprawling stack of bicycle frames; another, by Francois Kollar, shows an elegant model in profile, in a pose that eerily presages Irving Penn’s justly celebrated “Woman with Roses,” made 11 years later. But the exhibit’s diamond in the rough is a work by one B. Krohn. (No, I’d never heard or him, or her—-and Google has next to nothing, either.) The photograph shows a female field worker tossing a bale of what appears to be cotton into the air; the individual buds explode with a stunning centrifugal energy.
The exhibition is on view 11 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday to to Dec. 3 at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 338-5180. Free.