Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Weegee, [Clown and turkey], 1943

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Saul Leiter (1923-2013)

Saul Leiter, Foot on El, 1954 (2007.52.1)

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Atget’s Port Dauphine

Eugène Atget, Port Dauphine, 1913 (2009.79.5) An astute documenter of Parisian urbanity, Eugène Atget also photographed the city’s fortifications in 1913. Under Louis XIV, fortress walls were destroyed in 1670 but fears of German invasion led to defense commissions in the 1830s. … Continue reading

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November 22, 1963

Unidentified Photographer, [John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, and Nellie Connally in presidential limousine, Dallas], November 22, 1963 (2013.25.1) Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States. Check … Continue reading

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The Cowboy

America’s fascination with the cowboy dates back to the 1850s, when the West was expanding and the demand for beef was rising. “Cowboy” quickly became an iconic term and was glamorized and romanticized by the tradition of Wild West shows, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Martin Munkacsi

Martin Munkacsi, [Fred Astaire], 1936 (2007.110.2320) In his day Martin Munkacsi (1898-1963) was one of the most famous photographers in the world; his elegant and dynamic pictures of models, actors and athletes inspired photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard … Continue reading

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Castro Street Fair, San Francisco, 1980

Paul Fusco, San Francisco, California, 1980 (7.1981) Paul Fusco, San Francisco, California, 1980 (8.1981) Paul Fusco, San Francisco, California, 1980 (14.1981) Paul Fusco, San Francisco, California, 1980 (17.1981) Paul Fusco, San Francisco, California, 1980 (18.1981) The Castro Street Fair is … Continue reading

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Micha Bar-Am and Israeli Life

Micha Bar-Am, Kibbutz Givat-Haim (Ihud), 1973 (181.2002) Micha Bar-Am, Opening night, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1966 (180.2002) Micha Bar-Am, Parade, Beersheva, 1973 (197.2002) Micha Bar-Am, Arab Wedding, Peqi’in, Galilee, 1966 (186.2002) Micha Bar-Am, Train to Jerusalem, 1970 (182.2002) Micha … Continue reading

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The Forest of Fontainebleau

The first known photographic image of the forest of Fontainebleau (French: Forêt de Fontainebleau, or Forêt de Bière, meaning “forest of heather”—lying sixty kilometers southeast of Paris) is a daguerreotype by an anonymous photographer from around 1845, which can be … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Vote

Charles Moore, [Voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery], 1965 (176.1991) Today is election day in the United States. If you are eligible, don’t forget to vote. John Albert, [Voter registration reminders displayed in drugstore windows, New York], 1947 (2012.121.21) … Continue reading

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