Author Archives: Christopher George

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 … Continue reading

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Flag Day, 2017

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified World War One soldier against a United States flag background], ca. 1910s (DA.1B33.22) Unidentified Photographer, [Soldier sitting on bench in front of United States flag], ca. 1930s-50s (DA.1B31.91) Unidentified Photographer, [Soldier in front of United States flag], … Continue reading

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“The easiest kind of a job to cover was a murder because the stiff would be laying on the ground, he couldn’t get up and be temperamental…”

Famous Photographers Tell How, Candid Recordings, 1958 Some of the photos Weegee speaks about and their original published context: Weegee (1899-1968), [Ballerina Marina Franca in her peacock costume at the Cinderella Ball, Waldorf Astoria, New York], April 18, 1941 (15700.1993) … Continue reading

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A few photos made in, or near, Pittsburgh

Todd Webb (1905-2000), Looking towards Pittsburgh, 1948 (189.1983) Todd Webb (1905-2000), Street scene and steel mill, Pittsburgh, 1948 (190.1983) Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Workers leaving at 3 P.M shift at Pittsburgh, PA plant, 1936 (1662.2005) W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), [Factory interior … Continue reading

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“A Drop in the Bucket of the Principles of Science”

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Parabolic Mirror, 1958 (22.1986) Parabolic mirror is created by group of small mirrors. Light from an object (the eye) is reflected by each mirror to same point (camera). This illustrates, basically, a principle used in mirrors of … Continue reading

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“LOOK PLEASANT PLEASE!”

Charles S. Peterson, Look Pleasant Please!, 1912 (2014.29.5) Miss Clara Hoorman Sleepy Eye, Minn. We have a dozen post cards here for you which you ordered way back last April. Would appreciate it if you would call for them. Very … Continue reading

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Eye See

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Man], ca. 1865-70, (2014.18.1) This tintype is striking. The portrait, a recent acquisition, is large: a full-plate, 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches. There’s a thoughtful minimalism. The sitter is sublime, with abundant and equine facial hair. … Continue reading

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