Monthly Archives: September 2013

Working to Break up the Break: Celebrate International Coffee Day!

Bill Owens, I used to be a chef and my partner was a garbage foreman, 1974 (2389.2005) Carl Mydans [French tank brigade near Verdun, France], June 1940 (181.2005) Carl Mydans [Sand hogs, Midtown Tunnel breakroom, New York], 1939 (189.2005) Russell … Continue reading

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The Art of Spontaneity

For sixty years, documentary photographer George S. Zimbel (b. 1929) has been fascinated with capturing spontaneous moments. “Unique among the visual arts,” he writes, “is the ability of  a photographer to incorporate spontaneous action into a  still work.” His favorite … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Carrie Mae Weems!

Carrie Mae Weems, Mirror, Mirror, from the Ain’t Jokin’ series, 1987 (62.2001) Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled, from The Kitchen Table Series, 1990 (63.2001.1) Carrie Mae Weems, You Became a Scientific Profile from the From Here I Saw What Happened And … Continue reading

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W. Eugene Smith’s Germ-Free Animals

W. Eugene Smith, [Man in protective helmet and rubber gloves holding mouse, Laboratories of Bacteriology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana], 1949 (1519.2005) The American photojournalist William Eugene Smith (1918-1978) is, amid other things, known for his major photo-essays … Continue reading

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“I am glad that you are with me on the full moon night. I want to whisper to you that Happy Mid-Autumn Day my dearest.”

Unidentified Photographer, [Advertisement for mooncakes for Autumn Moon Festival featuring Apollo 11 astronauts, Hong Kong], September 1969 (2012.99.14) A Chinese celebration dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE), the Mid-Autumn Festival is second only to the Spring Festival, which … Continue reading

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Vitaly Butyrin’s Poetic Photomontages

 Vitaly Butyrin, Legend, 1976 (1096.1986) The Lithuanian photographer Vitaly Butyrin (b. 1947) is considered one of the world’s leading science-fiction photographers. His works are graphic transformations of reality with montage. He creates a composite photograph by cutting—frequently joining ten or … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lucien Aigner!

Born in Hungary on September 14, Lucien Aigner (1901-1999) was a pioneer of photojournalism, and his works have been the focus of two ICP exhibitions. Best known for his coverage of pre-World War II Europe, including political events, personalities, and … Continue reading

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