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Looking back to Mid-Century Downtown New York

After re-reading Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil’s book Please Kill Me: The Oral History of Punk, I’ve been curious to learn more about the New York City that Richard Hell and Patti Smith were inspired by. I’ve been told horror stories … Continue reading

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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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