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Happy Birthday Marcel Duchamp: “There are too many artists. When there are so many artists, all possible, all good, then nothing is good “

Hans Richter (1888-1976), Dreams That Money Can Buy, 1947 (2009.18.2) Marcel Duchamp. French painter, Cubist, Dadaist, artist and antiartist. Born Blainville, France, 1887 preoccupied with the esthetics of machinery. First ‘ready made’ objects, 1914. Great composition in painted glass ‘Bride … Continue reading

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Blue skies, nothing but blue skies…

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“Patience Is What You Need to Take Cat Pictures”

This is a good example of two completely different reactions to the photographer. One cat, although relaxed in body, is nervously troubled by the cameraman, camera, and lights. The other cat just hasn’t nerves – nothing matters except relaxation. Photo … Continue reading

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Madly in love with the Naked City

Weegee (1899-1968), Naked City, 2020 Weegee and Mary Margaret McBride talking about the recently published Naked City on radio station on WEAF, New York, in July, 1945, from Sound Portraits Productions: ANNOUNCER: It’s one o’clock, and here transcribed is Mary … Continue reading

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Two Slices of “The Full Circle”

Harper’s Bazaar, Number 3000, November 1961, pp. 133-137 (41.2005) Photo of Hiroko Matsumoto by Richard Avedon. On the cover: Cardin’s “Butterfly” dress – a giant chrysanthemum of spiraling petals, centered by a blazing cluster of diamonds cascading the shoulder. This … Continue reading

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Ilse Bing (“Everything was new.”)

The beginning of Ilse Bing’s presentation, coinciding with the exhibition Ilse Bing: Three Decades of Photography (February 21, 1986 – March 23, 1986), at ICP on March 15, 1986: “Now it’s my turn… There is hardly anybody alive who not … Continue reading

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“55 years ago today, we were beaten, tear gassed, and trampled by horses…”

Charles Moore (1931-2010), [Andrew Young leading people, including John Lewis and Hosea Williams, in prayer, before the Selma to Montgomery march, Alabama], 1965 (169.1991) On Sunday morning, March 7, 1965, a march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery began … Continue reading

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Words from Eve Arnold (Songs by Marlene Dietrich)

Eve Arnold (1913-2012), [Marlene Dietrich singing in a recording studio, New York], 1952 (770.1983) Then late one rainy night I received a call to cover a recording session of Marlene Dietrich in which she would sing the songs she had … Continue reading

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“…accused as murderess…”

Weegee, [Anna Sheehan at police headquarters, New York], January, 1937 (14036.1993) Anna and Joseph Sheehan lived in Hells Kitchen. The Sheehans had been married for nine years. They had three children, all boys, at the dawn of 1937 their ages … Continue reading

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“The most beautiful sight in the world is…”

Weegee, [The Capitol, Washington, D.C.], ca. 1955 (6818.1993) Weegee, [The Capitol, Washington, D.C.], ca. 1955 (6819.1993) Weegee, [The Capitol, Washington, D.C.], ca. 1955 (6840.1993) Weegee, [Baby elephant a top of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.], ca. 1960 (3041.1993) PM, March 2, … Continue reading

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