Author Archives: espindel

Atget, Archivist of Paris

Eugène Atget, [39, rue de Paris, Houdan], 1908 Eugène Atget, [Hôtel de Choisy, 8, rue de Barbette, Paris], 1901 Eugène Atget, [Balcony railing, 15, rue de Petit Pont, Paris], 1913 Eugène Atget, [Ornamental ironwork, Collégiale Notre Dame, Dammartin-en-Goële], 1921 Eugène … Continue reading

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Twenty years ago today, the fall of the Berlin Wall opened the way to German reunification and contributed to the eventual fall of the Soviet Union. While the political legacy of these events is still contentious, few mourn the physical presence … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Igor

W. Eugene Smith, Igor Stravinsky, ca. 1951 Arnold Newman, Stravinsky, 1946 Cornell Capa, [Igor Stravinsky, Venice], 1951 “I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will … Continue reading

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“A Scandal Grows in Brooklyn”

Weegee, Henry Rosen (left) and Harvey Stemmer were arrested for bribing basketball players, July 25, 1945 TIME Magazine, February 12, 1945, “A Scandal Grows In Brooklyn”: “Three New York detectives were watching the home of one Harry (“The Mustache”) Rosen, … Continue reading

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The Elevated

In a speech at a town hall meeting in Brooklyn in 1934, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia admitted to his audience that “Right now we have…structures stuck up in the air which will have to be torn down…. New York City … Continue reading

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Lillyn Brown

[Norman Thomas and E. L. Brown (Lillyn Brown)], ca. 1928 Photographer: Atelier Robertson (Hans Robertson, 1883–1950), Berlin The Daniel Cowin Collection of African American Vernacular Photography [Lillyn Brown (1885–1969)], ca. 1920 Photographer: Earl-Broady Studios, Schenectady, New York The Daniel Cowin … Continue reading

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Continuity We Can Believe In

Thomas D. McAvoy, Marian Anderson sings at Easter Services, April 9, 1939 Seventy years before Aretha sang it on the steps of the capitol, and twenty-four before Dr. King referenced it in his “I Have a Dream” speech, Marian Anderson … Continue reading

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The Butchers of Fort Greene Place

Weegee (Arthur Fellig), “Retail butchers lined up at Ft. Greene Market, Brooklyn, in the early dawn, hoping for a little meat to sell from their shops,” March 19, 1943 On April 17, 1943, at the height of World War II, … Continue reading

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Appalachian Spring

Arnold Eagle, “Appalachian Spring,” 1945 Premiered in 1944 at the Library of Congress by the Martha Graham Dance Company, Aaron Copland‘s ballet Appalachian Spring tells the story of a newlywed couple building a farmhouse in 19th century Pennsylvania, and a … Continue reading

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