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Sand Hogs of New York City

Carl Mydans, [Sand Hog, working under the East River, New York], 1939 (190.2005) New Yorkers are no stranger to train delays…weeknights, weekends; no time is exempt from rerouted or non-existent service. But who are the tireless workers who control the fate … Continue reading

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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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Susan Meiselas’s Nicaragua: The Photo-book

Susan Meiselas, Awaiting counter attack by the National Guard, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1978 (189.2003.5) Documentary photographers are constantly faced with the ethical issues, political implications, and opportunism associated with the exploitative nature of photography. This image by Susan Meiselas was the … 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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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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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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Food, the Kitchen, and the Domestic Environment

Documentary photojournalism flourished in the mid-twentieth century. Its popularity was nourished by the invention of the handheld camera, access to and improvement of photographic resources, and advances in printed media production and civilian travel. Photographers embarked on journeys to explore … Continue reading

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Let’s Have a Gas

Esther Bubley, The City Cafe, Tomball, Texas, 1943-50 (126.1983) Harold Corsini, Street Scene, Cushing, Oklahoma, 1943-50 (94.1983) Harold Corsini, Farmers Shopping in Purcell, Oklahoma, 1946 (99.1983) Harold Corsini, Fire Department Personnel, Cushing, Oklahoma, ca. 1946 (98.1983) Todd Webb, Saturday Morning … Continue reading

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Words on the Street

The following selection of street photography is inspired by the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Street. Lee Friedlander, New York City, 1966 (673.1986) The Street exhibit is a collection of images, film footage, sketches, and other mixed media from the … Continue reading

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Doris Ulmann – A History Lesson

Doris Ulmann, [Child, South Carolina], ca. 1929-32 A little girl between seven and ten years old takes a step towards the viewer. Her splayed hands suggest she’s unsure of her footing, her feet positioned as if walking a plank or … Continue reading

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