Marcia Bricker Halperin's richly complicated black-and-white picture of people in a cafeteria with reflections from the front window glass layered over them has the aura of mid-20th-century Modernist photography.
The crowd and the experts also agreed on the best image: a 1979 image of an elderly woman seated in a diner with the city street reflected in the window as she looks out.
The show has one memorable photograph, "Dubrow's Cafeteria", taken by Marcia Bricker Halperin (it made the top 5%). Shot from the street, "Dubrow's Cafeteria," a frank view of a Brooklyn diner window, is a layered, watery montage of reflections - passersby, automobiles, signage, a Checker cab - anchored by a pensive old woman who, sitting alone in a booth by the window, clutching her check, stares directly at the camera.
Take a look at this picture. It's a view of the front window of the legendary--and now long-gone--Dubrow's Cafeteria on King's Highway in Brooklyn, N.Y., shot from the street by Marcia Bricker Halperin in 1979. The reflection on the window--cars, signs, a checker cab--seem to mingle with the patrons inside the cafeteria. A couple of guys kibitz in the back; an old woman seated by the window clutches her check and stares quizzically out at the camera. It's a beguilingly complex image in the tradition of classic black-and-white street photography.
Like the picture? Join the crowd. It was the top choice (from among 389 images) of 3,344 people who participated in the Brooklyn Museum's odd experiment in curatorial crowd-sourcing, "Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition".