John Szarkowski, called “the single most important curator that photography has ever had” by Vanity Fair in 2005, has died from complications of a stroke. He was 81.
Szarkowski served as director of photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art from 1962 to 1991, where he emphasized the “casual, spontaneous nature”  of photography. He was also an influential critic, having authored The Photographer’s Eye  and Looking at Photographs .
(Photograph by Lee Friedlander.)
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