Monthly Archives: March 2009

Coffee break

Frank Navara, [Coffee Pot Restaurant, Bremen, Indiana], 1939 Inspired by a picture of a building in Popular Mechanics, Elmer Laudeman turned a wooden silo into the Coffee Pot Restaurant in 1932. Ideally situated on U.S. 6 between Ohio and Illinois, … Continue reading

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Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman, Lisa Fonssagrives, New York, 1961 Lillian Bassman, Harper’s Bazaar, Barbara Miller, Paris, 1949 Lillian Bassman, Across the Restaurant, 1949 (printed 1994) The photographic career of Lillian Bassman (b. 1917) encapsulates the multi-valenced trajectories of many professionals in the … Continue reading

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The Glorious Walk in the Cosmos

NASA, [Edward White's space walk], from “The Glorious Walk in the Cosmos,” June 1965 In June 1965 Astronaut Edward White and Major James McDivitt were part of the crew that made the first space walk by an American. Ed White … Continue reading

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Treating Your Booty with Care

About Venison This romantic word can cover any of the edible animals taken in the chase, but we are discussing here only antlered types. A famous sportsman called venison a gift of joy to some, a matter of secret interment … Continue reading

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The Cemetery

Graciela Iturbide, The Cemetery, 1988 This image is part of Graciela Iturbide’s series on the Juchitan indigenous culture, a major focus of her work from 1979 to 1988. Located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, the Juchitan is a matriarchal … Continue reading

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Flavio and Mario

Gordon Parks, [Flavio da Silva and his brother Mario on the boardwalk during their first trip outside the favela, Rio de Janeiro], 1961 [Mario and Flavio da Silva at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro], 1961 In 1961, Gordon Parks created … Continue reading

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Bird Lives!

Herman Leonard, Charlie Parker, Birdland, NYC, 1949 (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC Herman Leonard, Charlie Parker with Metronome All Stars, NYC, 1949 (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC Charlie Parker (born 1920 in Kansas City) died today, March 12, 1954, in … Continue reading

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Public Projection

Krzysztof Wodiczko, [Projection on South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London], 1985 Polish-born artist Krzysztof Wodiczko was invited to create a two-evening public projection on Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. As it happened, while Wodiczko was in London preparing for the … Continue reading

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The Man Who Came Back

James VanDerZee, [The Man Who Came Back], 1924 VanDerZee’s photographs document how the streets of Harlem became sites of political and intellectual engagement. Organizations planned rallies and parades to garner support of their causes, attracting sympathizers as well as curious … Continue reading

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