I.D. Photo Badges: New York magazine

I.D. Photo Badges:
New York magazine

Project Description

To Do: February 5–12, 2014

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Feb 2, 2014

3. See I.D. Photo Badge Portraiture
Check your cynicism at the door.
A subgenre of a subgenre of portraiture, these company badges are akin to passport pictures and mug shots. Hundreds of them lined up in a gallery, however, turn into a major wallop of vernacular power. I fell in love with a young naval nurse from the Great Lakes, considered whether the hunk who worked for Robbins & Myers could have been another Cary Grant, and wondered if the guy from Bethlehem Steel ever killed anyone. —Jerry Saltz

Ricco/Maresca Gallery, through February 15.