Monthly Archives: September 2009

“No Really, You’re Such a Doll . . .”

Ruth Bernhard, Broken Doll, 1938 Hans Bellmer, The Doll, 1935 Fred Stein, [Doll in glass jar], ca. 1935 Cindy Sherman, Untitled #341, 1999 Dolls frequently manage to resist categorical definition because they hover between anthropological artifacts, toys, and avatars. More … Continue reading

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Stereoviews

Unidentified Photographer, [Two Unidentified Women Reading a Letter], ca. 1880s George Barker, The Johnstown Calamity, 1889 Unidentified Photographer, How De Debil Do Dey Make A Bicycle, ca. 1900 Handheld stereoviewer Oliver Wendell Holmes invented the “Holmes type” stereoviewer. He explains his device in … Continue reading

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William Safire and the Kitchen Debate

Associated Press, The Great Debate…U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon, in dark suit, gestures as he talks with Soviet Premier Khrushchev, left during their tour of American Exhibition in Moscow this summer, July 24, 1959 This Sunday, September 27, 2009, New … Continue reading

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Energy in America

Mitch Epstein, Amos Power Plant, Raymond, West Virginia, from the “American Power” series, 2004 Joel Sternfeld, Coburn, Virginia, April 1981 (printed June 1983)

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The Annual Feast of San Gennaro

Alfred Gescheidt, Little Italy, Manhattan, (Feast of San Gennaro), 1952 Dan Weiner, San Gennaro Festival, 1952 Lee Sievan, San Gennaro lights, 1940s Weegee, Murder at the Feast of San Gennaro, September 22, 1939 Weegee, “‘Fiesta’ turns into tragedy, body of … Continue reading

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Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger, Telescopic camera catches NYC skyline, 1946 Photographing both wonders of the natural and material world, Andreas Feininger is best known for his images of New York City. Capturing skylines, avenue canyons, and other city landscapes, Feininger’s images reproduced … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Christian Poveda, Photographer and Filmmaker

Christian Poveda, Fabricating explosives in “liberated zone,” Usulatán, October 1981 French-Spanish photographer and filmmaker Christian Poveda was killed in El Salvador, on September 2, 2009. Since the 1990s, Poveda had been documenting Salvadoran gang culture. His most recent film, La … Continue reading

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From Holland with Love

Martin Munkácsi, [Buyers assessing lots at flower auction, Aalsmeer, Netherlands], ca. 1929 Martin Munkácsi, [Buyers reviewing lots at flower auction, Aalsmeer, Netherlands], ca. 1929 Martin Munkácsi, [Bidding at flower auction, Aalsmeer, Netherlands], ca. 1929 The very first flower auction in … Continue reading

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September 11

Alexander Heilner and Amy Baxter, December, 2001, September 11 Archive, Gift of Alexander Heilner and Amy Baxter

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Memory, Loss, and Jewish Identity in Germany

Mikael Levin, Nordlager Ohrdruf, 1995 Shimon Attie,  Joachimstrasse 11a: Former Jewish cafe with patrons, 1933, 1992 from “The Writing on the Wall” series, 1991-93 Can you document something or someone that no longer exists? Can a photograph of absence convey … Continue reading

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