Author Archives: annalinehan

The Mermaid

Toni Frissell, [Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida], 1947 (10.1979) It surprised me that Toni Frissell’s mesmerizing, achingly beautiful photograph of a woman in white suspended just beneath the water’s surface–an image celebrated for its romantic, enigmatic, haunting character (featured on numerous … Continue reading

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“Trick Mirror Shows Some Human Conceits”

Yale Joel, [Woman checking eyelid in trick mirror, lobby of Broadway movie theater, Times Square, New York], 1946 (1930.2005) Yale Joel, [Man adjusting overcoat and grimacing, while looking in trick mirror, lobby of Broadway movie theater, Times Square, New York], 1946 … Continue reading

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The Photographer’s Shadow

André Kertész, Self Portrait, Paris, 1927 (2011.78.17) Lee Friedlander, New York City, 1966 (673.1986) Robert Frank, Mary, Provincetown, 1958 (362.1984) Ilse Bing, Frankfort, 1930 (24.1991) Unidentified Photographer, [Two Unidentified Children], September 1942 (457.2005) Weegee, [Spring sunbathers, Coney Island, Brooklyn], March 23, … Continue reading

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Lala Deen Dayal: “Bold Warrior of Photography”

Lala Deen Dayal, Old Mosque in Laifabad, ca. 1880s (126.1980) Enumeration of achievements of pioneering Indian photographer Lala Deen Dayal (a leading court photographer in the Princely states of India in the late nineteenth century, whose patrons included the Maharaja … Continue reading

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Weegee’s London

Billions of eyes will be glued to coverage of the 2012 London Olympics during the upcoming weeks, but are unlikely to see anything like these warped images of the city taken by Weegee in the early 1960s: Weegee, London, ca. 1960 … Continue reading

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Florence and the Machine

Florence Henri, Self-portrait, 1938 Florence Henri’s manipulation of mirrors, prisms, and reflective objects to frame, isolate, double, and otherwise interact with her subjects–one of the most distinctive and adventurous features of her photographic work–often confounds viewers’ ability to distinguish between … Continue reading

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