Author Archives: Christopher George

Fathers and children… mostly at Coney Island

Lou Bernstein, Father and child, Coney Island, 1943 (84.1992) Harold Feinstein, Father and daughter on beach, Coney Island, 1950 (568.1982) Sidney Kerner, Father and son, Coney Island, 1937 (150.2003) Harold Feinstein, Boy on father’s shoulders, Coney Island, 1948 (556.1982) Dennis … Continue reading

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Four by Freund: James Joyce in Paris, 1938

Gisele Freund, Joyce is often found here in the famous little bookshop of Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare and Company. Here we see him having a chat with Sylvia Beach, who published [on February 2, 1922] the first edition of Ulysses in … Continue reading

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“Weegee Lives For His Work And Thinks Before Shooting”

PM, March 9, 1941 , pp. 48-51 Weegee Lives For His Work His Work And Thinks Before Shooting By Ralph Steiner Many people have asked me to write a piece about Weegee, the free-lance crime photographer whose pictures and stories … Continue reading

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David Douglas Duncan (1916-2018)

David Douglas Duncan, Through the mountains: Allied evacuation of Hungnam, Korea, 1950 (1984.2005) David Douglas Duncan, Some of the Marines on the march down the alley, plodding along with sleeping bags wrapped around them in an attempt to get a … Continue reading

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Weegee Himself

Weegee, [Weegee gets a tip from a PM news seller, New York], ca. 1941 (19644.1993) INTRODUCTION Let’s talk about that name first. Or, rather, those three names. Usher Fellig was a greenhorn, a hungry shtetl child from eastern Europe who … Continue reading

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“As you ramble on thru Life, Whatever be your Goal, Keep your Eye upon the Doughnut, And not upon the Hole!”

Martin Munkácsi, [Mayflower Doughnuts, New York], 1933 (2007.110.266) We can tell you a little about the doughnut-making place in Broadway, the old Lucky Strike show window, you know. It isn’t exciting enough to go there especially to see, but it’s … Continue reading

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“Ah! what tales might those pictures tell if their mute lips had the power of speech!”

G.F.E. Pearsall, [Walt Whitman], September 1872 (24.2004) Attributed to J. C. Tarisse, [Walt Whitman], ca. 1869 (2010.41.3) “W. always objected to sending out these pictures because the photographer has immodestly painted the cheeks. N.J. 1908” (Written on verso) Whitman disapproved … Continue reading

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