Comments/Context: Paul McDonough's 1970's New York street photography fits neatly into the broad category so famously defined by Winogrand, Friedlander, Levitt, Meyerowitz and many others. While we've seen a mountain of this kind of work before (going back to Cartier-Bresson) and can pick out plenty of visual echoes and influences in this show, it doesn't diminish the fact that McDonough was consistently able to select and compose surprising moments of memorable warmth from the barrage of foot traffic on the city's sidewalks.
Collector's POV: The works on view are priced as follows. The 16x20 prints are $2500 each, while the 30x40 print is $4500. McDonough's prints (vintage or modern) have little auction history in recent years, so gallery retail is likely the only option for interested collectors at this point.
My favorite image in the show is Three Car Salesman, 1973; it's second from the left in the top installation picture. The three men in suits stand together, each with one shoe poised on the window sill, underneath a sales sign shouting "450 cars to choose from"; beyond the visual echo of their three bodies, it's like a scene out of Glengarry Glen Ross.