Author Archives: Chris George

Smart, Witty, Clever: Rare, Early Street Photography by Ansel Adams

At the Zoo, Manhattan, 1953 (372.1984) Sculpture, St. Vartan’s Armenian Church, New York City, 1966 (380.1984) New York World’s Fair, 1964 (375.1984) We recently found several examples of very rare, previously unseen examples of Ansel Adams’ early street photography… Kidding! … Continue reading

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Walker Evans and the Dance

Dance Index, photo by Walker Evans, “Afternoon de la Faune”; doors of rehearsal-hall with dancer’s graffiti; Metropolitan Opera House, Fall 1945, Vol. 2, No. 2, February 1946 (2007.16.56) Dance Index, photo by Walker Evans, George Balanchine addresses the dancers in … Continue reading

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Life Is Mishaps and Poetry, Perhaps . . . One of the Best Minds of His Generation, Carl Solomon

Mellon Tytell, Allen Ginsberg’s farm, 1973 (L to R) Carl Solomon, surrealist, essayist, and editor who published William Burroughs’ Junky; Allen Ginsberg; Peter Orlovsky, poet and Ginsberg’s companion; John Tytell, historian of the Beat Generation and author of Naked Angels. … 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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Timeless (Cheap Imitation)

Weegee, It’s six o’clock in the morning on the electric clock on top of the Consolidated Edison Company building on Fourteenth Street… I think they have the clock up there to remind the customers to pay their bills, ca. 1945 … Continue reading

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Viva Luise Rainer!

Robert Capa, [Luise Rainer outside of the Paris opera], 1939 A few days after returning to Paris he [Robert Capa] wrote his mother, referring to Cornell’s recent professional debut, “I hope that the young Capa is a great photographer, for … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Weegee!

All photographs made by the amazing and brilliant Simon Nathan at the book release party of Weegee’s People at Sammy’s Bowery Follies, New York, November 11, 1946 (The film in Weegee’s borrowed Bolex can be seen in the sublime and … Continue reading

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“Sugar Cane” with 30 Stars as Sweet as the Title!

Unidentified Artist, [Roosevelt Theatre, Cincinnati, advertisement for "Sugar Cane"], ca. 1928 “Sugar Cane,” with 30 Stars as Sweet as the Title! A musical cocktail with a kick, “Sugar Cane” Everything New and Startling… Read more about the Roosevelt Theatre here.

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Undressed Rehearsal

Andrew Savulich, Man confused about spelling of new movie, 1986 Andrew Savulich, Mother and son at voguing ball, 1986 Andrew Savulich, Police prevent woman from jumping off Grand Central Station, 1991 Andrew Savulich, Woman laughing after car wreck, 1989 Andrew … Continue reading

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Piramal and Sami and Adolph and Rudolph and Millie and Chistine and Daisy and Violet and Daisy and Violet…

Frank Wendt, Piramal & Sami, Brother & Sister Double Bodied Hindoo Enigma, ca. 1915 Frank Wendt, Adolph-Rudolph, 27 Years Old, Born, Vienna, Austria, ca. 1898 Ollivier Photo, Millie Christine: The Carolina Twin, surnamed the 2-headed Nightingale, ca. 1880 A book: … Continue reading

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