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ICP: Forty Years Ago

The International Center of Photography opened its first exhibitions on November 16, 1974. Three presentations were organized at ICP’s first home on 5th Avenue at 94th Street: Apropos USSR (1954–1973): Henri Cartier-Bresson, Classics of Documentary Photography, and The Eye of … Continue reading

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Odamasa Store, Hiroshima

United States Strategic Bombing Survey, [Distorted steel-frame structure of Odamasa Store, Hiroshima], November 20, 1945 (2006.1.68) On November 1945, merely three months after the United States detonated an atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, U.S. President Harry … Continue reading

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Historic American Panorma of the Moon’s Surface

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, [Panorama of the Moon’s Surface with Shadow of Surveyor I], June 2, 1966. (2014.26.1) With the extraordinary news of China’s successful soft landing of a lunar rover on the surface of the moon on December … Continue reading

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Leon Levinstein: The Indiscriminate Eye

When learning about the work of a new photographer, more often than not I have some piece of biography that helps me place the photographs in context. In the case of Leon Levinstein, I got to know him through working … Continue reading

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Atget’s Escher

Eugène Atget, Escalier 25 rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 1903-04 (2008.112.21) Eugène Atget (1857-1927) was a none-too-successful actor and painter before he became a photographer in the late 1880s. He focused on documenting Paris and its surroundings, for a while specializing in old … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Series

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990 (63.2001.3) Carrie Mae Weems tells stories in her photographs, often becoming her own subject. She uses her work to explore cultural, social, and political issues, particularly those dealing with representation … Continue reading

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Passover on the S.S. Providence, 1947

The passenger ship S.S. Providence brought Holocaust survivors from various ports in Europe to Haifa, Palestine, in 1947-48. Although the majority of ships attempting to bring Jewish refugees to Palestine were technically illegal and in defiance of strict British immigration … Continue reading

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