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Susan Meiselas’s Nicaragua: The Photo-book

Susan Meiselas, Awaiting counter attack by the National Guard, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1978 (189.2003.5) Documentary photographers are constantly faced with the ethical issues, political implications, and opportunism associated with the exploitative nature of photography. This image by Susan Meiselas was the … Continue reading

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Theories of Motion

In May of last year, MIT’s Kurtz Gallery for Photography opened with its first exhibition featuring Berenice Abbott. Abbott was hired by MIT to develop photographic imagery for the teachings of physics and spent two years using photography to document the … Continue reading

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Love Me, Love My Dog

Filling the role of Man’s Best Friend below are some featured pups being embraced, ogled, petted, held, hugged, and loved by their owners. Dogs with style: Chim (David Seymour), [Peggy Guggenheim on the Grand Canal, Venice], 1950 (354.1982) Dogs with … Continue reading

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Words on the Street

The following selection of street photography is inspired by the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Street. Lee Friedlander, New York City, 1966 (673.1986) The Street exhibit is a collection of images, film footage, sketches, and other mixed media from the … Continue reading

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Laughing Ladies

Cecil Beaton, [Katharine Hepburn], 1960 (1253.2005) Garry Winogrand, New York City, 1968, from the series Women are Beautiful, 1981 (283.1984) Leonard McCombe, [Kim Novak laughing at joke by Otto Preminger, New York], 1956 (1103.2005) Toni Frissell, Five Girls Running, New … Continue reading

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EYE-opening work of Bill Brandt

A current exhibition at MoMA, Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light, highlights the extensive career of this British photographer. Brandt was known for his ever-changing modernist and abstract styles. In the beginning of his career, he assisted Man Ray, whose Surrealist … Continue reading

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A Game of Charades: Hands Full of Expression

Hands play an important role in communication. Besides being an effective way of language without vocalizing–through signing and gesturing–hands can be quite versatile. Hands in Fashion: Richard Avedon, [Hand with long sleeved blouse in front of black hair], ca. 1968 … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Toni Frissell, [Lady Churchill kissing granddaughter Emma on Queen Elizabeth II's coronation day], June 2, 1953 (14.1979) Vu, “Tommy quitte la Rhénanie,” September 18, 1929 (2009.52.62) Danny Lyon, Corky and Funny Sonny, Chicago, 1966 (2010.3.15) Weegee, [Kissing at the drug … Continue reading

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Bundle Up in Hat and Gloves

Let’s face it–it’s cold out there… But you can still stay fashionable in a debonair hat. Lisette Model, Pedestrian, New York, ca. 1945 (31.1993) Even silent-film star Gloria Swanson knows how to keep warm in the New York City cold. … Continue reading

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The King’s Speech

Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a Baptist minister, King found the strength of words and his ability to captivate, motivate, and enlighten his audiences. Whether in the speeches he delivered . . . Dan Weiner, … Continue reading

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