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Leon Levinstein: The Indiscriminate Eye

When learning about the work of a new photographer, more often than not I have some piece of biography that helps me place the photographs in context. In the case of Leon Levinstein, I got to know him through working … Continue reading

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Fold

Richard Avedon, [Hand and arm in long sleeved blouse in front of black hair], ca. 1968 (2151.2005) Lou Bernstein, Kathie, N.Y. Aquarium, 1977 (94.1992) Lala Deen Dayal, General View of City and Lake, Udaipur, ca. 1880s (125.1980) Martin Munkacsi, [Woman … Continue reading

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Love Is in the Air

Dyke Action Machine, Gosh, We Always Knew Lesbian Families Rule, 1992 (1193.2000) John Loengard, Florette and Jacques-Henri Lartigue, 1981 (189.1987) Bill Wood, 50th Anniversary, 1956 (2010.14.183) Unidentified Photographer, [Groom and Bride], ca. 1920s (736.1990) Alfred Eisenstaedt, Lunch hour at river … Continue reading

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The Family Portrait

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James VanDerZee

James VanDerZee, [Group in car], ca. 1920s (753.1990) James VanDerZee, The Actor, 1922 (853.2000) James VanDerZee, [Unidentified Man], ca. 1923 (650.1990) James VanDerZee, Escape Artist, 1924 (883.1990) James VanDerZee, A Pioneering Negro-Owned Grocery, 1927 (859.2000) James VanDerZee, [Unidentified Boy], 1927 … Continue reading

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Consuelo Kanaga: African-American Portraitist

Consuelo Kanaga, Annie Mae Merriweather, 1936 (14.1982) Consuelo Kanaga, Frances, 1936 (15.1982) Consuelo Kanaga, She Is a Tree of Life to Them, 1950 (21.1982) Consuelo Kanaga, After years of hard work, 1950 (19.1982) Consuelo Kanaga, The Question, 1950 (22.1982) There … Continue reading

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Faith in Chaos

Pep Bonet, Kinny Mattia tries to feel the morning light. “Milton Margai” is the only school for the blind in Sierra Leone. Approx. 85 children, 4 to 18 yrs old, study and live here. In 1998, when RUF-rebels attacked Freetown, … Continue reading

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Brion Gysin, Paris, 1987

Mellon Tytell, Brion Gysin, painter and novelist, who developed the “cut-up” technique with William Burroughs in the 1950s, Paris, 1987 (120.1994) Written on back of the print: “Towards the end of his life, his main objective was to get people … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Accidental Mystery

Unidentified Photographer, [Two unidentified girls, one eating watermelon, the other disrobing], ca. 1960 (2012.24.1) The rich history of snapshot photography has yet to be written. But when that text is transcribed it will finally be possible to understand the complex … Continue reading

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Magritte with Hat

Duane Michals, Magritte with Hat, 1965 (2012.39.1) “Among my pantheon of myths, Rene Magritte casts the furthest shadow of illumination,” says Duane Michals about meeting the Belgian artist in 1965. “I was 33 and he was 65 when I visited him … Continue reading

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