Monthly Archives: September 2012

Faith in Chaos

Pep Bonet, Kinny Mattia tries to feel the morning light. “Milton Margai” is the only school for the blind in Sierra Leone. Approx. 85 children, 4 to 18 yrs old, study and live here. In 1998, when RUF-rebels attacked Freetown, … Continue reading

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Masks

Consuelo Kanaga, Wharton Esherick, 1940 (17.1982) Robert Capa, [Members of a Laurel and Hardy fan club in masks, Paris], 1937 (2421.1992) E. J. Bellocq, Storyville Portrait, New Orleans, ca. 1912 (printed ca. 1967)(34.2004) John Gutmann, In the Background: The Pimp, 1937 (971.2000) Inge … Continue reading

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Brion Gysin, Paris, 1987

Mellon Tytell, Brion Gysin, painter and novelist, who developed the “cut-up” technique with William Burroughs in the 1950s, Paris, 1987 (120.1994) Written on back of the print: “Towards the end of his life, his main objective was to get people … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Accidental Mystery

Unidentified Photographer, [Two unidentified girls, one eating watermelon, the other disrobing], ca. 1960 (2012.24.1) The rich history of snapshot photography has yet to be written. But when that text is transcribed it will finally be possible to understand the complex … Continue reading

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L’Shana Tova

[Smiling children, Mukacevo], ca. 1935-38 © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography [School boys winking and smiling, Mukacevo], ca. 1935-38 © Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography Hasidic country boy, Carpathian Ruthenia, ca. 1935-38 © Mara … Continue reading

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Apartheid in South Africa

Margaret Bourke-White, [Man standing next to statue with chalked protest message outside city hall, Johannesburg], 1950 (1711.2005) Margaret Bourke-White, [Carpenter Phillip Mbhele wearing “We don’t want passes” tag speaking against the Afrikaner’s pass system that requires all native South Africans … Continue reading

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Remembering September 11

David Rheingold, We Shall Overcome, September 22, 2001 (2006.30.582) Youngsam Yoon, [Poster board for people missing in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center], September 2001 (2006.30.579) Marisa Palmisano, [World Trade Center memorial in Union Square Park, New … Continue reading

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