About the Book
This book is a representative selection of over 1000 postcards collected by Monroe Wheeler, head of exhibitions and publications at the Museum of Modern Art from the 1930s through the early 1960s. They record his travels through various countries accompanied by the writer Glenway Wescott, author of 'The Pilgrim Hawk', and the photographer George Platt Lynes, famous for his photographs of ballet dancers, literary figures, fashion, and surreal constructions.
The postcards were formerly the collection of Anatole Pohorilenko, executor of the Monroe Wheeler Estate. The book was conceived by Vincent Cianni, and edited and designed by Vincent Cianni and Marisa Gertz.
The images range from the traditional postcard vista to the more bizarre artifacts of specific locations. While some attempt to evoke grandeur and inspire awe, others make use of stereotypes to simplify and to symbolize a place and time, all fitting within neat, mailable rectangles.
Documentary photographer Vincent Cianni attended Penn State University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and SUNY New Paltz. Cianni teaches photography at Parsons The New School of Design, NYC. He currently lives in Newburgh, NY. His documentary work explores community and memory and the human condition. The photographs of We Skate Hardcore, published by NYU Press and the Center for Documentary Studies have been widely published in photo journals and anthologies. His photographs have been exhibited at LACMA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Photographers’ Gallery, London; 7th International Photography Festival Mannheim; George Eastman House. A major survey of the work was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 2006. Cianni’s photographs are represented in numerous public and private collections. He is represented by Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Library has established an archive of his documentary work