Author Archives: Emily P Dunne

About Emily P Dunne

archivist, librarian, ICP library

Happy 150th birthday, Wassily Kandinsky!

150 years ago today, December 16th 1866, the painter Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow. To celebrate, here are two portraits: The painter himself and a photo of the painter hung in his studio. Florence Henri, Portrait de W. Kandinsky, … Continue reading

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November 12, 1989

25 years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.  While his idea of linking information together, creating a web of hypertext information (WorldWideWeb, W3, etc.) I doubt Mr. Berners-Lee could ever have predicted the image macros … Continue reading

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Robert Mapplethorpe: November 4, 1946

Today would have been Robert Mapplethorpe’s 68th birthday. I have been reading Patti Smith’s book Just Kids, and her words make you fall in love with New York City and Robert and his dedication to his art. Robert dedicated his … Continue reading

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Witchy Women! The final, Frightening Friday!

It’s finally here, the final FRIGHTENING FRIDAY! That means: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Of all the things synonymous with Halloween, witches are my all time favorite. Here are some magical, mysterious ladies to honor the spookiest night of the year! Voila, Une … Continue reading

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Crazy Costumes

For some people Halloween isn’t the only time of year to get dressed up, actors, mascots and everyday folks put on costumes all year round.  James VanDerZee, Dress Rehearsal, 1936, 874.1990 This photo by James VanDerZee depicts an actor dressed in Shakespearean garb, … Continue reading

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Friendly ghosts, Frightening Fridays

In one week we will all be celebrating Halloween! I was browsing the ICP Collection looking for spirit photographs, but stumbled upon something much more spooky and mysterious:  Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Invalid Girl with Woman and Cloaked Attendant], ca. 1865, 74.2004 … Continue reading

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Masks we wear, Frightening Fridays!

In celebration for everyone’s favorite holiday, for every Friday in October, we will be posting some spooky images from the ICP collection. This week: Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Man Leading Man Wearing a Mask and Holding a Cane], ca. 1875, 2007.52.2 In addition … Continue reading

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Looking back to Mid-Century Downtown New York

After re-reading Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil’s book Please Kill Me: The Oral History of Punk, I’ve been curious to learn more about the New York City that Richard Hell and Patti Smith were inspired by. I’ve been told horror stories … Continue reading

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Re-reading Edwardian fashion tintypes

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman at “Beach”],  ca. 1880, 2009.3.1 Some interpretations of early tintypes of women with their backs to the camera, believe the women are showing off their (lovely) long hairstyles. While very long hair was fashionable at the time, I like … Continue reading

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Sebastião Salgado in Kuwait

Sebastião Salgado, Workers place a new wellhead in an oil well that had been damaged by Iraqi explosives, 1991 (2007.6.9) Looking through the ICP archive’s library, we discovered a 1991 New York Times Magazine with a profile of Sebastião Salgado … Continue reading

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