Category Archives: Fans in a Flashbulb

Reflections on Louis Faurer

Louis Faurer, New York, ca. 1949 (2013.99.27) “My eyes search for people who are grateful for life, people who forgive and whose doubts have been removed, who understand the truth, whose enduring spirit is bathed by such piercing white light … Continue reading

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“Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”

Weegee, Jet Man Flying Over Unisphere (distortion), ca. 1964 (13149.1993) This year marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Running in two six-month segments from April through October in 1964 … Continue reading

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Snapshots of Harlem

Every year since 2002 the Studio Museum in Harlem has commissioned artists through Harlem Postcards to photograph Harlem as part of an ongoing project to discover and illuminate the cultural, political, and aesthetic diversity of the community. Their unique depictions … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

Leonard Speier, West Side Highway, NYC, July 4, 1976 (351.1981) For a dyn-o-mite celebration you have to see the fireworks. This year they will be over the East River and don’t forget to bring your flag!

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Canadians Abroad: Claude & Kit’s European Adventure

The first caption reads, “Just before we left home June 19, 1929”. And so begins the 67 page travel album that chronicles the summer adventures of Claude and Kit, a Toronto couple setting forth from Canada on a European vacation … Continue reading

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42 Years Ago Today

Paul Seawright, Untitled, 1992 (3439.1992) Saturday 1st July 1972 “One man had been shot three times in the head and neck and the other five times. The bodies of the two men were found in the cricket ground by two … Continue reading

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Collective Presence, Collective Resistance

The fierce pussy collective challenge lesbian and queer invisibility by asserting their identities through a number of public projects that push back against heteronormative culture. The increased attention to AIDS and gay rights in the early 1990s galvanized the group … Continue reading

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From Whence The Clouds They Came

Frank Wendt, Jump from the Clouds with the Aid of a Parachute, 1899 (2011.47.123) Robert Capa, [Student makes first jump from 300m, Parachute School, Paris], Fall 1935 (197.1992) Robert Capa, [French air force parachute school at Avignon-Pujaut], 1939 (2010.85.570) Martin … Continue reading

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Bermuda Race June 20th, 2014

Every two years in mid June sailors descend upon Rhode Island to enter a race that will have them travel 635 nautical miles to the finish line on the island of Bermuda. The Bermuda Race, as it is called, was … Continue reading

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Truth in advertising

Often a distinction is made between “commercial” and “artistic” photography but as these works show a photograph can be both at the same time. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, El Sistema Nervioso Del Gran Simpatico, ca. 1929 (1.1979.b)   Gjon Mili, Powder … Continue reading

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