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“For Nell Dorr, life itself is the work of art, photography, the means of revealing life.”

Nell Dorr, Rosa- Alone with the sea, 1929 (28.1982) Nell Dorr, Mother and child, 1940 (33a.1982) Nell Dorr was immersed in the field of photography from a young age by her father Jon Jacob Becker, who ran a large portrait studio in Cleveland. It was not … Continue reading

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August 6, 1945

Carl Mydans, Hiroshima, directly after the fog cleared. Catholic Church in foreground, 1945 (1395.2005) Bernard Hoffman, [Residents wander cleared streets bisecting the ruins of buildings reduced to piles of rubble by the atomic bomb, dropped a few months earlier], 1945 (1784.2005) Unidentified … Continue reading

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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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