Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Elevated

In a speech at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn in 1934, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia admitted to his audience that “Right now we have…structures stuck up in the air which will have to be torn down…. New York City … Continue reading

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“I have been in my gallery nearly all day…”

Handwritten journal of J. E. Bardwell, an American ambrotypist., Otisco, N.Y. 1867 Monday November 25: I have been in my gallery nearly all day. I have not had any customers today. Friday November 29: I have been in my gallery … Continue reading

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Lillyn Brown

[Norman Thomas and E. L. Brown (Lillyn Brown)], ca. 1928 Photographer: Atelier Robertson (Hans Robertson, 1883–1950), Berlin The Daniel Cowin Collection of African American Vernacular Photography [Lillyn Brown (1885–1969)], ca. 1920 Photographer: Earl-Broady Studios, Schenectady, New York The Daniel Cowin … Continue reading

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Continuity We Can Believe In

Thomas D. McAvoy, Marian Anderson sings at Easter Services, April 9, 1939 Seventy years before Aretha sang it on the steps of the capitol, and twenty-four before Dr. King referenced it in his “I Have a Dream” speech, Marian Anderson … Continue reading

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Veere, the Netherlands

Ilse Bing, [Maid sweeping street, Veere, Holland], 1931 Celebrated in her day as “Queen of the Leica,” German photographer Ilse Bing is famous for pioneering the use of the 35 millimeter camera in the 1930s. In 1931, Hendrik Jan van … Continue reading

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Forty-eight years ago today

Cornell Capa, [Washington, D.C., Inauguration Day], January 20, 1961 Congratulations to Barack Obama, the forty-fourth president of the United States. On a wintry day much like today, Cornell Capa captured the chilly but hopeful crowds at the inaugural parade of … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream

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Francis Miller, [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech to the crowd assembled in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.],  August 8, 1963 Dan Weiner, [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.], 1956 Dan Weiner, Martin … Continue reading

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a shimmer of possibility

Paul Graham has consistently engaged the book as the ultimate forum for the presentation and circulation of his images, beginning in 1983 with the self-published A1—The Great North Road. His latest, a shimmer of possibility (Göttingen: Steidl, 2007), is made … Continue reading

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“You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. They rebel in the street. They don’t want to go to school because they’re going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam.”

Cat Woman to Lady Bird… Weegee, [Eartha Kitt], ca. 1950 Weegee, [Eartha Kitt], ca. 1950

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