A Photo Artist On the Bowery

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Frank Wendt, [Snake Charmer], 1893-98 (2011.42.38)

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Frank Wendt, [Snake Charmer], 1893-98 (2011.47.73)

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Frank Wendt, [Musician with Birds], 1893-98 (2011.47.130)

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Frank Wendt, [Noble George Washington Winner], 1893-94 (2011.47.12)

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Frank Wendt, [Unzie the Albino], 1893-94 (2013.75.1)

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Frank Wendt, [Amy Arlington], 1893-98 (2011.47.128)

The heart-stirring and spine-tingling, the eye-opening and mind-blowing photo artist Frank Wendt took over Charles Eisenmann’s studio at 229 Bowery; Wendt worked on the Bowery for five years (1893-1898) and then relocated to Boonton, New Jersey.

For more about Frank Wendt, please visit the wonderful, extraordinary, fascinating, remarkable and profound Dull Tool Dim Bulb.

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See You On The Bowery

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Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 156-157

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Weegee, Bowery, 1943-45, (14401.1993)

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Weegee, Bowery, 1943-45

Two people, at night, walk on the sidewalk in front of the Fuerst Brothers restaurant at 221 Bowery (in 1940 there were two more Fuerst Brothers restaurants on 15 and 104 Bowery). The photo is the gelatin silver print that was used to produce the photo-gravure image on page 156 in the book Naked City. The other image is a JPEG of the original 4×5 negative that was used to produce the gelatin silver pint that was used to produce the photo-gravure image in the book, and is now on a blog.

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Weegee, [Bowery], 1943-45, (1986_98)

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Weegee, [Bowery], 1943-45

Sammy’s Bowery Follies (267 Bowery), just south of the 7-Up sign, is visible in the background of this photo. The photo is the gelatin silver print that was used to produce the photo-gravure image on page 157 of the book Naked City. The above image is a JPEG of the original 4×5 negative that was used to produce the gelatin silver print that was used in the production of the photo-gravure print in the book, and everything is now on a blog. Sometimes what is outside the frame (crop marks, measurements, stamps, inscriptions, etc.), marginal and usually unseen, is as important as what is in the picture.

A map (an experiment and work-in-progress) of photos in the ICP archives that were made on the Bowery:
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G.W. Bromley & Co., 1897: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Atlas of the city of New York, Manhattan Island. From actual surveys and official plans [title page]” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897. digitalcollections.nypl.org

Weegee Wednesday is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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Stollmack & Goldstein: 310 Bowery

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Stollmack & Goldstein, [Louise Milefsky], February 4, 1902, (2012.34.13)

A map (an experiment and work-in-progress) of photos in the ICP archives that were made on the Bowery:

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G.W. Bromley & Co., 1897: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Atlas of the city of New York, Manhattan Island. From actual surveys and official plans [title page]” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897. digitalcollections.nypl.org

Stollmack & Goldstein: 310 Bowery
ICP: 250 Bowery
Charles Eisenmann: 229 Bowery
JD Maxwell: 186 Bowery.

To be continued…

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“The Bowery by day… Where only the El makes music…”

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Weegee, Bowery, 1943-45, (14391.1993)

Looking north on the Bowery across Broome toward Kenmare. to the right is William Simpson and Co., pawnbrokers, at 151 Bowery. The Third Avenue Elevated is at left, with an arrow pointing west to the Holland Tunnel. The Weegee Guide to New York, p.93

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Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 156-157

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Weegee, Under the Third Avenue El, 1943-45 (Portfolio 35)

But there is beauty along this street of forgotten men… it lies in the patterned black and gold along the trolley tacks where the morning sun breaks through. Naked City, 1945, p. 157

Both of the above photos, pages 156 (looking uptown) and 157 (looking downtown) of Naked City, were made on the Bowery, at the corner of Bowery and Broome.

A map (an experiment and work-in-progress) of photos in the ICP archives that were made on the Bowery:

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G.W. Bromley & Co., 1897: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Atlas of the city of New York, Manhattan Island. From actual surveys and official plans [title page]” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897. digitalcollections.nypl.org

Stollmack & Goldstein: 310 Bowery
ICP: 250 Bowery
Charles Eisenmann: 229 Bowery
JD Maxwell: 186 Bowery.
Bowery (14391.1993) and Under the Third Avenue El (Portfolio 35): Bowery and Broome

Weegee Wednesday is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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Made on the Bowery: Charles Eisenmann – “The Popular Photographer”

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Charles Eisenmann (1850-1904), [Grandmother Carrie Meyer], ca. 1880 (2012.34.28)

This photo was made by Charles Eisenmann on 229 Bowery (now the site of The Bowery Mission).

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Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016

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Flip Schulke, [Cassius Clay training at Sir John Hotel pool, Miami], 1961 (1883.2005)

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Made on the Bowery: J. D. Maxwell – “Above All Competitors”

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J. D. Maxwell, [Unidentified Man], ca. 1880 (1572.1990)

This photo was made (perhaps by John Dey Maxwell, ca. 1843-1929, whose occupations included bookkeeper, butcher, photographer, “artist”, baker, laborer, watchman) at 186 Bowery.

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