The Curatorial statement says:
The exhibition Whatever Was Splendid explores the parallels that exist--both in America and in photography--between our own time and that of Evans, and the enduring power of American Photographs as discerned through contemporary U.S. photographic practice....At its heart, Whatever Was Splendid is centrally informed by the legacy of American Photographs, and by Evans' vital contributions to the nation's photographic language and traditions. That said, it is by no means intended as a nostalgic update or sentimental plea for photography (or, for that matter, America) to return to its past. As much as Evans' precedent has provided both the inspiration and reinforcing framework for this exhibition, Whatever Was Splendid is first and foremost the manifestation of the intelligence, ingenuity, and multiplicity of voices and visions that can be found within current U.S. photographic practice
One of the photographers is Will Steacy, a New York based photographer and writer, who currently has an exhibition entitled Down These Mean Streets at the Michael Mazzeo Gallery.
Will Steacy, Memorial Philadelphia, 2009, from Down These Mean Streets
According to his blog post this body of work was:
a 3 year long project in which I have walked at night from the airport to central business district of American cities examines the collapse of a post-industrialist American inner city as years of neglect have left our cities with limited resources to fix themselves and neighborhoods to crumple.The work examines fear, loss and despair arising from the abandonment of America's inner cities by exploring the parts of the city you don't want to be in at night; the part of town you drive through - not to - with the windows rolled up and doors locked. He wants people to see what has become of America's inner cities, what they've allowed to happen, what they've have accepted.