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John Dominis, 1921-2013

John Dominis, [American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos protesting racial inequity with raised fists during national anthem at Olympics, Mexico City], 1968 (recto and verso) (1012.2005) In the politically tumultuous year 1968, one of the enduring photographs of the … Continue reading

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Bill Eppridge (1938-2013)

Bill Eppridge, [Juan Romero, busboy at Ambassador Hotel, kneeling to help fallen Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot by Sirhan B. Sirhan, Los Angeles], June 6, 1968 (1197.2005) Sadly, we mark the passing of Bill Eppridge (1938-2013), one of … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Accidental Mystery

Unidentified Photographer, [Two unidentified girls, one eating watermelon, the other disrobing], ca. 1960 (2012.24.1) The rich history of snapshot photography has yet to be written. But when that text is transcribed it will finally be possible to understand the complex … Continue reading

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Mitch Epstein’s American Power

Mitch Epstein, Amos Power Plant from the American Power series, 2007 This quiet neighborhood view in Raymond City, West Virginia, opens Mitch Epstein’s book  American Power (2009). Amid a bucolic fall panorama we see a cozy middle-American backyard with a … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Gustav Klutsis

Gustav Klutsis, [Postcard for the Spartakiada (All-Union Olympiad), Moscow], 1928 As the world revels in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the International Center of Photography celebrates the acquisition of an extraordinary set of photomontage postcards that commemorate another earlier … Continue reading

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Dear Friends in Winter

Robert F. Laatsch, [Two Unidentified Men], ca. 1905 As winter sets in, it’s time to break out the heavy sweaters and woolen caps, and light up a cigar, like these two handsome swains from chilly central Wisconsin, circa 1905. There … Continue reading

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Fans in a Ballpark

Unidentified Photographer, Victoria Plaza, 1921 Tyson & Son, Wamego, Kansas (Samuel E. Tyson [1845-1911] and Frank L. Tyson [1886-?]), [Two Baseball Players], ca. 1918 Opening Day of a new baseball season reminds us of the sometimes spectacular contributions to the … Continue reading

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