Life in the West End 1947-1953: the Photography of Jules Aarons
Jules Aarons is an important figure in documenting the West End of Boston before the ravages of Urban Renewal. His photography bears witness to the vibrant, close-knit old neighborhood—the people, their lives and their relationships. Where city planners saw the West End as a candidate for modernization, Jules Aarons saw something else: “I knew that the dynamics of people whose social relationships involved their neighbors and the streets could be a source of creativity,” he wrote. The photographs in this exhibition capture a West End far removed from today’s — streets with remarkably few cars; political posters; adults chatting outside doorways; children showing off for the camera or so deep in conversation they don’t notice it at all.
This video, taken from an episode of This Old House, features interviews with Aaron Schmidt and Jules's son Philip Aarons about his photography.
Life in the Streets: Revisiting Boston's North End through the Lens of Jules Aarons
From September 15th-October 26th
Into The Streets: Photographs of the West End
From September 12th-November 7th
Video of Jules Aarons photography on This Old House. Features interviews with curator Aaron Schmidt and Jules's son Philip Aarons.
Jules Aarons photographs from the BPL collection are on view in an exhibition entitled "Man in the Street". An article about the exhibition in Boston.com details the show. Please click here to read the article.
Jules Aarons, V'natnu, is an exhibition at Gallery Kayafas in Boston's South End, that will feature the work of the artist alongside the work of August Sander, a photographer that Aarons greatly admired. V'natnu means, "And he gave" in Hebrew.