Bloomsday, 2017

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), James Joyce, 1928 (116.1984)

Berenice Abbott, at ICP on November 11, 1981, showing slides and speaking about photographing James Joyce in her studio with natural light, her admiration for and the elegance of James Joyce, about the time when she ran into Joyce in the street and he told her about his fear of lightning, about the beauty of Nora Barnacle’s voice, and more.

(A photography-related passage from Ulysses: Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus speaking by the sea, in a not-so-subtle reference to Bloom’s progeny, Millicent: “… Still there? I got a card from Bannon. Says he found a sweet young thing down there. Photo girl he calls her. Snapshot, eh? Brief exposure…”)

Today is Bloomsday, the day when most of Ulysses takes place, and the day in 1904 when James Joyce first went for a walk with Nora Barnacle.

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Nora Barnacle, 1927 (120.1984)

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