Paul Caponigro

Paul Caponigro, Tree & Clouds, Rochester, NY., 1958 (66.2001.3)

Paul Caponigro was born in Boston in 1932. He studied photography at the California School of Fine Art after which he taught part-time photography at Boston University. Caponigro was twice  awarded the renowned Guggenheim Fellowship. His photography is often related to nature and its American landscape, harmonized with a certain musical sense. Caponigro has been in many group shows and solo exhibitions in a range of well-respected institutions. His first solo show was in 1958 at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Caponigro’s son John Paul is also a photographer, he works with digital photography.

Post by Yvan Sikiaridis, intern, International Center of Photography
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Chess (1950s-1970s)

Chim (David Seymour 1911-1956), [Chess game in the library room, Huleh Valley, Israel], 1951 (691.1986)

Alexander Liberman (1912-1999), Marcel Duchamp, New York City, 1959 (174.1990)

Alexander Liberman (1912-1999), Marcel Duchamp’s hands, New York City, 1959-60, (157.1990)

Carl Mydans, Bobby Fischer, New York, 1962 (177.2005)

Weegee (1899-1968), [Playing chess during a concert in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village], ca. 1956 (17687.1993)

Cornell Capa, [Inmates playing chess from prison cells, Attica Correctional Facility, Attica, New York], March 1972

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Macy’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade

Weegee, [Cop and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade clown hand, New York], 1945 (14754.1993)

Weegee, Clown filled with helium gas for annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York], 1945 (3077.1993)

Tomorrow at 9 AM starts Macy’s 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade. Similar to this year, the first parade in 1924 had floats and dancers, but rather than oversized balloons live animals -such as tigers and camels from the Central Park Zoo, were part of the procession. They were replaced by balloons in 1927. During the long stretch of time the parade has existed, Macy’s had to suspend the event for three years during WWII. There had been a shortage of rubber and all the balloons were donated to the government in support of the war.

If you are unable to see the floating Felix the Cat and Miss Piggy in person, NBC will be live broadcasting the event as it has been doing since 1948.

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Post-Truth… That’s Life

In truth, this post, like so much of life, and perhaps death (a subtle reference to the classic tweet: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”), these days, was inspired by a tweet:

Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. (

Among the many questions that this word of the year invokes, perhaps the least important is: is it possible to make a blog post out of this? Are there relevant photos in our huge, beautiful, big league and hygge-like archive? Perhaps images of propaganda or trick photography might fit the bill. But maybe it would be thought-provoking (and bloggable) to present photos of life in a pre-post-truth world. Here are a few versions of John Filo’s famous photo from Kent State. The series won a 1971 Pulitzer Prize for “Spot News Photography: John Paul Filo of Valley Daily News and Daily Dispatch, Tarentum and New Kensington, PA. For his pictorial coverage of the Kent State University tragedy on May 4, 1970.” ( The photo “became a symbol of college protest in our country. The impact of the photograph is immeasurable even today.” ( A fence post was airbrushed out of a widely used press print in the early 1970s. (More info here.) The back of the photo is demonstrative of a pre-post-truth world. (Overheard at a recent protest: “Build a fence around Mike Pence!”) This is not to illustrate a post-truth world, but to do the opposite, to propose that photography can often preserve and memorialize “less influential objective facts.” And what’s true is not always black and white and in focus; memory is post-truth. A post-post photo and pre-post-less photo in a post-truth post.

John Paul Filo, [Mary Ann Vecchio grieving over body of college student Jeffrey Glenn Miller shot by National Guardsman during an anti-war demonstration at Kent State University, Ohio], May 4, 1970 (1919.2005)

John Paul Filo, [Mary Ann Vecchio grieving over body of college student Jeffrey Glenn Miller shot by National Guardsman during an anti-war demonstration at Kent State University, Ohio], May 4, 1970 (57.1998)


LIFE, “Kent State: four deaths at noon,” photos by John Filo, John Darnell and Howard Ruffner, May 15, 1970 (2012.46.4)


“I was standing to the right of the Guard when the shooting started,” he [Howard Ruffner, photographer] recalls. “I assumed they were shooting into the air. I couldn’t believe they’d shoot into a crowd. Suddenly I understood and dropped to the ground – right on top of my cameras. In a few seconds it was over and I began to photograph the wounded and dying. People kept saying, ‘No pictures, don’t take any pictures,’ but I had to. I knew pictures were the only way to tell this story.”
Ralph Graves, Managing Editor. Life, May 15, 1970, p.3

Vik Muniz, Memory Rendering of Kent State Shooting: The Best of LIFE, 1995 (155.1998.2)

These are photographs of drawings done strictly from memory. The source of imagery employed in the execution of these works are utterly mental, bearing no direct connections with former pictures or depictions of the events. Vik Muniz, The Best of Life portfolio.

PS. In truth, these pre-post-truth and amazeballs pair of “word of the year” posts from the past: Yolo! and unfriend are perhaps better than this post-truth post. That’s life or Yolo!

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Angkor, Cambodia, 1925

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Vera Talbot, [Travel album], 1924-26 (2009.32.68)

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will present a photo album that is chock-full of photos, maps, postcards, passenger lists, and ephemera that document a two year journey from Hawaii to Asia to Africa and Europe, that began on December 5, 1924. The above photos were made in Cambodia in January 1925. To be continued…

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International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

John Heartfield (1891-1968), AIZ, [“Voice from the Swamp”], March 19, 1936 (76.2005)

John Heartfield (1891-1968), AIZ, [“And his doves of peace will ‘immediately’ follow Hitler’s overtures of peace.”], April 5, 1936 (78.2005)

John Heartfield (1891-1968), AIZ, [“The Executioner and Justice””], November 30, 1933 (96.2005)

John Heartfield (1891-1968), AIZ, [“Mimicry.”], (55.2005)

John Heartfield (1891-1968), AIZ, [“With his empty phrases he wants to gas the world. The man who swore on the German constitution speaks now of peace. He will hold it as he has his oath.”], June 1, 1933 (44.2005)

John Heartfield (1891-1968), AIZ/VI, [“Death to the Octopus of War! Only when we have destroyed him ‘will the sun always shine.'”], August 11, 1937 (89.2005)

To commemorate International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, November 9th, which is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, fansinaflashbulb presents several photo-montages created by John Heartfield for AIZ (“Worker’s Illustrated Newspaper”).

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Vu, “They will vote…” May 8, 1929, (2009.52.43)

Unidentified Photographer, [Senator John F. Kennedy giving a campaign speech, Alexandria, Virginia], August 24, 1960 (2013.96.24)

ALEXANDRIA, VA., AUG. 24 — CAMPAIGNS IN VIRGINIA — Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Democratic Presidential nominee, as he carried his campaign for the White House into the South for the first time. He told an outdoor rally at a high school stadium in Alexandria tonight, that eight years under a Republican administration has led to critical decline in America’s prestige. Democratic Vice-presidential nominee Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, also spoke. (AP WIREPHOTO) 1960. [Printed caption on recto]

Charles Pratt (1929-1976), “Edge of City,” [Vote Kennedy], 1960 (65.1996)

Charles Moore, [Voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama], 1965 (176.1991)

Matt Herron, “Vote” Marcher, Selma to Montgomery, March 1965 (2008.56.1)

Anonymous, [Illustration encouraging African Americans to vote], 1972 (DA.3A7.909)

Silence = Death Project, Silence = Death: Vote, 1988 (1251.2000)


1. A formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands.
1.1 An act of giving or registering a vote.
1.2 The choice expressed collectively by a body of electors or by a specified group.
1.3 The right to register a choice in an election.

1. Give or register a vote.
1.1 Cause (someone) to gain or lose a particular post or honor by means of a vote.
1.2 Used to express a wish to follow a particular course of action.
1.3 (of a legislature) grant or confer by vote.
1.4 Reject something by means of a vote.

Late Middle English: from Latin votum a vow, wish, from vovere to vow. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

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