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Fall for Dance

Barbara Morgan, Martha Graham–Letter to the World, 1940 (528.1986) Russell Lee, Negro cabaret, Chicago, April 1941 (80.2003) Arthur Rothstein, Tanaquil LeClercq, Ballerina, 1950 (208.1989) Barbara Morgan, José Limón–Cowboy Song, 1944 (531.1986) Fall is dance season in New York, with plenty … Continue reading

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Working to Break up the Break: Celebrate International Coffee Day!

Bill Owens, I used to be a chef and my partner was a garbage foreman, 1974 (2389.2005) Carl Mydans [French tank brigade near Verdun, France], June 1940 (181.2005) Carl Mydans [Sand hogs, Midtown Tunnel breakroom, New York], 1939 (189.2005) Russell … 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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Timeless (Cheap Imitation)

Weegee, It’s six o’clock in the morning on the electric clock on top of the Consolidated Edison Company building on Fourteenth Street… I think they have the clock up there to remind the customers to pay their bills, ca. 1945 … Continue reading

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Left Holding the Baby

According to the English saying, if you have been “left holding the baby,” then you’ve been deserted and left with a responsibility that would ideally be shared. It is similar to the American expression, “left holding the bag,” which also … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Parabola Optica, 1931 Unidentified Photographer, [Jack's Saloon], ca. 1940s Russell Lee, Sign, Chicago, Illinois, April 1941 Weegee, “Wartime New York: Our Little Businessmen Bounced Around by War… Vacant store becomes baby carriage depot,” January 18, 1943 Aaron … Continue reading

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