Category Archives: Fans in a Flashbulb

Eight Monkeys for the Lunar New Year

W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), [Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s Mission Hospital. A tamed chimpanzee. Lambaréné, Gabon], 1954 (1542.2005) Lou Bernstein (1911-2005), Barney and Petunia, Pony Foundation, 1970 (62.1992) Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), [Untitled], 1943 (RV_16_003_003) (“Bronx Zoo, 1943, Dear Toto, with us Monkeys, … Continue reading

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Weegee Wednesday: Welcome Back!

Weegee (1899-1968), “All Steamed Up,” May 9, 1940 (2423.1993) All Steamed Up This started off as a break in a water main… as all the cameramen left… on a hunch I stuck around alone… suddenly there was a rumble… I … Continue reading

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Weegee Wednesday: “City’s Happiest Mother”

Weegee (1899-1968), “City’s Happiest Mother Cuddles Stolen Daughter,” March 14, 1943 (778.1993) Weegee (1899-1968), PM, March 14, 1941, p. 16 City’s Happiest Mother Cuddles Stolen Daughter Life will probably never hold a bigger thrill for Mrs. Martino Serdino than she … Continue reading

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Studio Visit: “Death’s Head” or “Then he locks his doors and either paints here where the light is good or he goes below to have fun with his grotesque sculpture.”

Robert Capa (1913-1954), Pablo Picasso in his studio, Paris, September 1944 (3314.1992) (Death’s Head, Paris, ca. 1941, Man with a Lamb, Paris, 1943 and possibly Cat, Paris, 1941 in the background.) Robert Capa, [Pablo Picasso in his studio, Paris], September … Continue reading

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Everybody

Weegee, “This was a friendly game of bocci, New York,” ca. 1939 (995.1993) [Well, maybe not every body, instead, many not-alive anymore bodies from Weegee photos… Culminating in a Weegee photo (carpet) bomb.] Happy Halloween Everybody! Whoooo knooows what’s lurking … Continue reading

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Magic (by Martin Munkasci) at Midnight

Martin Munkacsi , [Hand and Automaton], 1928 (2007.110.303) Martin Munkacsi , [Man and Automaton], 1928 (2007.110.302) Martin Munkacsi , [Magical Objects], 1928 (2007.110.301) (“Objects related to magic… One has a label which reads Chevalier Ernst Thorn, magician, 1853 – 1928. … Continue reading

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Six Skulls (for Halloween)

Andreas Feininger, Ritual Skull, 1969, (841.1976) Vu, June 29, 1932 (2009.61.20) (One cover photo by André Kertész.) Vu, April 3, 1935 (2009.61.101) (Photo by Martin Munkacsi.) Danny Lyon, Mark di Suvero with the skull “Yorick” in his 195 Front Street … Continue reading

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