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The Lost Art of Auschwitz

In the 1980s, photographer Joseph Czarnecki began visiting Auschwitz and recording the art and graffiti he found on the walls of the concentration camp. In his book Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz, published in 1989, Czarnecki tells the … Continue reading

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The Art of Spontaneity

For sixty years, documentary photographer George S. Zimbel (b. 1929) has been fascinated with capturing spontaneous moments. “Unique among the visual arts,” he writes, “is the ability of  a photographer to incorporate spontaneous action into a  still work.” His favorite … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lucien Aigner!

Born in Hungary on September 14, Lucien Aigner (1901-1999) was a pioneer of photojournalism, and his works have been the focus of two ICP exhibitions. Best known for his coverage of pre-World War II Europe, including political events, personalities, and … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Iguanas

Born in Mexico City in 1942, Graciela Iturbide is known for her photographs of the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Hired by the Ethnographic Archive of the National Indigenous Institute of Mexico in 1978, she first documented the way of life … Continue reading

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Ireland: A Love Poem

When photographer Jill Freedman visited Ireland in the 1960s, she found the traditional music enchanting. Returning in 1973, she began documenting life in the Irish countryside, focusing on singular moments that tell a story. She said, “I think of my … Continue reading

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Pamela Fong: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

In 1987, photographer Pamela Fong sat on a plane next to a pediatrician who worked for a child-abuse prevention center. The horrific stories of molestation the doctor shared resonated with Fong. Because of that one chance meeting, Fong began a … Continue reading

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Girl Ascending

Photographer Melissa Ann Pinney (b. 1953) has been exploring the construction of female identity for almost thirty years.  Initially, her photographs focused mainly on adult women.  But after the birth of her daughter Emma, girlhood became the central theme of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the World, Prince George!

Prince George Alexander Louis, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born at 4:24 PM on July 22, 2013–and he’s already had his first photo op. In honor of the prince’s birth, here are a few images … Continue reading

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Harold Feinstein’s Coney Island

Harold Feinstein, Children of Paradise/Coney Island, 1977 (624.1982) As the summer crowds flock to the beaches, Coney Island street photographer Harold Feinstein reminds us through his work that everyone enjoys fun in the sun.  In a 1995 interview, Feinstein said, … Continue reading

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Ed Kashi Challenges Stereotypes with “Aging in America”

Today is the kickoff of the National Senior Games, a biennial, nineteen-sport competition for men and women over the age of fifty.  Since its inception in 1987, the Games have attracted thousands of athletes from across the United States to … Continue reading

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