Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sherrie Levine: Re-photographed Photographs of Reproductions of Photographs

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a group of conceptual artists—including Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Sherrie Levine—known as the Pictures generation, began using photography and appropriation techniques to examine the strategies and codes of visual representation. In 1981, … Continue reading

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The Photographer’s Eye or the Eye of the Camera?

John Loengard, Cartier-Bresson takes pictures in his Paris apartment, 1987 (239.1987) When we see a photograph of a photographer at work, questions can be raised about the relationship between the photographer, his camera, and the referent. Especially when the eyes … Continue reading

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Marco Breuer

Marco Breuer, Approx. (C-932), 2009 (2010.104.1) Marco Breuer‘s Approx. (C-932) is a 20×24-inch piece of chromogenic paper he turned white in the color darkroom and then scratched, leaving hundreds of intersecting lines. It is important to think about his work … Continue reading

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Happy 100th birthday, Robert Capa!

For the centenary of the birth of Robert Capa, we are pleased to release a newly discovered 1947 radio interview with Robert Capa. “Bob Capa Tells of Photographic Experiences Abroad” was broadcast on October 20, 1947 on the 8.30 a.mm … Continue reading

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JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History

Unidentified Photographer, [John Connally, Nellie Connally, John F. Kennedy, and Jacqueline Kennedy in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963 (2013.23.1) When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, the event and its aftermath were … Continue reading

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Part Photograph, Part Painting, Part Etching, Part Sculpture

From its beginnings in 1839, photography was seen as an alternative to traditional painted portraiture. Clients who were photographed knew that their image would be considered true to life. But photography had a major disadvantage with respect to painting: it … Continue reading

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The Future of America: Lewis Hine’s New Deal Photographs

Lewis Wickes Hine, [Worker pressing rubber bodies, Paragon Rubber Company and American Character Doll, Easthampton, Massachusetts], December 1936 (778.1975) Among the least known but most prescient photographs taken by social documentary photographer Lewis Hine (1874–1940) were those he made as … Continue reading

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