Tag Archives: portrait

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

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Awesome Rare Palestinian Vernacular Discovery!

Chalil Raad, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1900 (2012.34.27) Recently we received as a donation a fabulous album of early twentieth-century vernacular photography: it is a randomly assembled collection of Jewish-related portraits, mostly from Lower East Side Jewish portrait studios, by photographers … Continue reading

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Old-School Manipulated Photographs

Unidentified Photographer, [Man shaking his own hand at Jack's Saloon], 1930-50 Unidentified Photographer, [Decapitated Man with Head on a Platter], ca. 1865 (2008.81.15) Yves Klein and Harry Shunk (photographer), Dimanche, November 27, 1960 Weegee, “I Dreamt I Lost My Maiden … Continue reading

Posted in Fans in a Flashbulb | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment