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About kaitlinvaughan

Currently a graduate student at Columbia University, studying Photography Theory, Museum Studies, and Anthropology; I'm slowly learning how to live in and love New York City...

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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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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“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”

I don’t usually fawn over celebrities, but Katharine Hepburn is an exception. She is one of my all-time favorite women, and should be one of yours, too. There are many reasons to adore her, to name just a few: her … Continue reading

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Peter C. Bunnell Collection of Exhibition Posters

ICP houses hundreds of ephemera related to famous photographers and art institutions, including exhibition posters. These posters, used to promote artist shows and museum and gallery exhibitions, span decades and countries. Many of these posters are beautiful works of art … Continue reading

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Beauty of the Boneyards

Folklore, movies, music, and literature often simplify cemeteries as creepy and sinister “boneyards;” places the living should avoid. A visit to one can certainly invoke an ominous feeling but cemeteries can embody so much more. Many of these sacred places … Continue reading

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Little Golden Hamburger Tree

Jerry Uelsmann, Little Golden Hamburger Tree, 1970 (516.1994) Since the 1960s, Jerry Uelsmann has been combining multiple negatives in the darkroom to create surrealistic photographs. His photographs vary in content and subject matter, though a number of motifs can be … Continue reading

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The Family Portrait

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Camera Shy

The American photographer Lee Friedlander is well-known and respected for his documentation of the American social landscape. Though there are many wonderful things to write of Friedlander’s street shots and portraits of jazz icons,  I have always been most interested in his strange … Continue reading

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The House I Once Called Home

The House I Once Called Home is a beautifully sad book written and illustrated by the American photographer Duane Michals. Inspired by his return to his childhood home shortly following his mother’s death, each page contains haunting photographs and poetic … Continue reading

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Don’t You Wish You Were Here?

Now that it is summer, some lucky New Yorkers will be leaving their towering offices and sweaty subway commutes to go on vacation. Before email, text, and Instagram existed, vacationing men and women would invoke jealousy in their friends and … Continue reading

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