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Re-reading Edwardian fashion tintypes

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman at "Beach"],  ca. 1880, 2009.3.1 Some interpretations of early tintypes of women with their backs to the camera, believe the women are showing off their (lovely) long hairstyles. While very long hair was fashionable at the time, I like … Continue reading

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John Cage was born 102 years ago today

David Seidner, John Cage, 1977 (2007.120.19) The large loft on West 18th Street that John Cage shared with Merce Cunningham was a simple, sunny, skylight living-working studio… It was a magical day for me: the guru and his disciple. I … Continue reading

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The Photographer’s Eye or the Eye of the Camera?

John Loengard, Cartier-Bresson takes pictures in his Paris apartment, 1987 (239.1987) When we see a photograph of a photographer at work, questions can be raised about the relationship between the photographer, his camera, and the referent. Especially when the eyes … Continue reading

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Part Photograph, Part Painting, Part Etching, Part Sculpture

From its beginnings in 1839, photography was seen as an alternative to traditional painted portraiture. Clients who were photographed knew that their image would be considered true to life. But photography had a major disadvantage with respect to painting: it … Continue reading

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Johnny Carson’s Anniversary

Philippe Halsman, Johnny Carson, 1970 (327.1987) Weegee, Johnny Carson, ca. 1960 (12052.1993) The Johnny Carson Show debuted on CBS TV on June 30, 1955.

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EYE-opening work of Bill Brandt

A current exhibition at MoMA, Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light, highlights the extensive career of this British photographer. Brandt was known for his ever-changing modernist and abstract styles. In the beginning of his career, he assisted Man Ray, whose Surrealist … Continue reading

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I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance

Unidentified Photographer, I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth, 1864 (182.2003) Unidentified Photographer, I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth, 1864 (2007.113.1) Noel B. Baker, I sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth, 1864 … Continue reading

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