“There’s Spring in the Air…”


Charles Hoff, [Brooklyn Dodgers Training Camp, Bear Mountain, New York], 1945 (2013.6.15)

Dodgers in training at Bear Mountain.
Under direction of the coach “Chuck” Dressen the Brooklyn Dodgers undergo their first outdoor calisthenic drill at Bear Mountain.
Text typed on paper adhered to verso.

There’s Spring in the Air and Spring in Their Feet
Bear Mountain is renowned for jumping of another sort – with skis – but the Dodgers, training there took advantage of the weather to hold their first outdoor calisthenics drill with coach Chuck Dressen (left) leading the yoomping, bending and general unlimbering.
Newspaper adhered to verso.


Lewis Wickes Hine, Playground in tenement alley, New York, 1909 (2006.55.10)


Charles H. Traub, Astoria Park, New York, (from the “New York on the Edge” series), 1988 (438.1991)


Harold Eugene Edgerton, Pitcher, 1938 (74.1987)


Mickey Pallas, Harlem Globetrotters Baseball Team, 1949 (printed 1986) (610.1987)


Lou Bernstein, Ebbets Field, 1955 (8.1992)

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Photographs

Photographs
by The Chordettes; L. Roberts; Archie Bleyer, 1957

(If you are reading this blog post in an email you may not see the audio player, to hear this wonderful song please click here; or here to hear a song about tintypes.)

Photographs
I’m all alone with
Photographs
You left me only
Photographs
of you

Photographs
of us together
Photographs
in every weather
Photographs
of you

Wish I had you to hold me tight
Instead of your photograph to kiss goodnight

Photographs
I’m all alone with
Photographs
You left me only
Photographs
of you

Going on a picnic
with you
Kissing on a park bench
with you

All I have are
Photographs
of you
Photographs
of you

Laughing at the circus
with you
Dancing in the parlor
with you
All I have are photographs
of you
Photographs
of you

Wish I had you to hold me tight
Instead of your photographs to kiss good night

Photographs
I’m all alone with
Photographs
You left me only
Photographs
of you

All I have are
Photographs
of you

Unidentified Photographer, [Album of uniquely cut and torn photographs], 1918-20 (2009.32.46)

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Water is Life: World Water Day


Martin Munkacsi, [Man inspecting water container, Rio de Janeiro], ca. 1932 (2007.110.556)


Margaret Bourke-White, [Editor Wilbur Cogshall of the Louisville Courier-Journal at his desk drinking boiled water from bottle while reporting on severe flooding], 1937 (1649.2005)


George Rodger, Searching for Water, Naples, 1943 (411.1989)


George Rodger, Women at a Well by the Indus River, Pakistan, 1947 (printed 1989) (360.1989)


Henri Cartier-Bresson, When Rangoon water supply was blown up the rebels, water was scarce for 5 days in the city, and the people crowded round fire hydrants, trying to drain the last drops into their pails, 1949 (2007.90.2)


Gordon Parks, [Nair da Silva, balancing three gallons of water on her head, followed by her daughters Luzia and Isabel, Rio de Janeiro], 1961 (1601.2005)

World Water Day 2019 Theme: Leaving no one behind

The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.

Today, billions of people are still living without safe water, which means ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need. un.org

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Happiness: Happy Together


Weegee, [Children playing in water sprayed from open fire hydrant, Upper West Side, New York], ca. 1945 (Portfolio 14)


Weegee, Dancing is free in Central Park, 1945 (14854.1993)


Weegee, [Alexander Calder and friends, New York], ca. 1945 (16377.1993)


Weegee, Jazz, New York, ca. 1955 (15953.1993)


Weegee, [Jazz concert, New York], ca. 1945 (132.1982)

What do the Buddhist Himalayan nation of Bhutan and the photographer Weegee have in common?

Happiness!

The Weegee Archive has proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Happiness Photography (IDHAP resolution 06/12) recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being in photographs and photography as universal goals and aspirations and as subject matter in photographs and for photographers around the world.

What is the International Day of Happiness Photography? It’s a day look at and make happy photographs, of course! (Don’t be silly.) Since 2019, the Weegee Archive has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the photographs around the world.

The International Day of Happiness Photography resolution was initiated by the Weegee Archive, an archive which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1920s and infamously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. We also hosted a High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Photographic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth minute of a recent staff meeting. The findings will be published in a forthcoming happiness in photography report.

In the international photography rankings, with a Gross National Happiness quotient of 88.23%, there are more happy people per photo in Weegee’s photos than any other photographer… Weegee’s People are happy people…


Weegee, “One young woman dressed like this.” March 16, 1942 (15743.1993)

“What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.”

The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281PDF document of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives. It also recognized the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples.

The resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product. It also hosted a High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. un.org

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Spring (“creation is the thing”)


Barbara Morgan, Spring on Madison Square, 1938 (printed ca. 1978) (532.1986)

Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) at ICP, October 15, 1983, speaking about her origins as an artist, how she learned about photography, husband Willard Morgan’s prediction that photography will be the 20th century art and an international language, working with Edward Weston in 1926 at UCLA, and how her mother’s reading poetry aloud was the inspiration behind her use of photo-montage – a poetic union of the verbal and visual, and more. Barbara Morgan had a studio on 23d Street, just south of Madison Square Park.

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Barbara Morgan, Martha Graham–American Document (trio- Maslow-Flier-Mazia), 1938 (printed ca. 1980) (444.1987)

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Barbara Morgan, Martha Graham–El Penitente (solo, Hawkins), 1940 (printed ca.1980) (541.1986)


Barbara Morgan, Tossed Cats, 1942 (printed ca.1972) (440.1987)

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Margaretta Mitchell, Barbara Morgan, 1978 (36.1983)

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“The Full Circle”

Photo of Hiroko Matsumoto by Richard Avedon.

On the cover: Cardin’s “Butterfly” dress – a giant chrysanthemum of spiraling petals, centered by a blazing cluster of diamonds cascading the shoulder. This exquisitely gentle fall of frosted pink silk chiffon bares an arm, veils the other in a diaphanous, wing like cape. The blossom with in: mannequin, Hiroko.

These are five singular people who appear like metaphors somewhere further out than we do; beckoned, not driven; invented by belief; each the author and hero of a real dream by which our own courage and cunning are tested and tried; so that we may wonder all over again what is veritable and inevitable and possible and what is to become whoever we may be.

There is an old joke in which a man goes into a bar and he sees that the bartender has a banana in his ear so he says Hey, you have a banana in your ear, and the bartender says Speak louder, I can’t hear you because I have a banana in my ear.

The Full Circle

Who is it that can tell me who I am? – Shakespeare

Max Maxwell Landar has become Uncle Sam. It happened that about a year ago a patriotically-named tax advisory service concieved the notion of advertiseing itself by means of a sandwich man in an Uncle Sam costume, so they had a red white and blue suit made at a cost of $175.

Miss Cora Pratt, the Counterfeit Lady, is fashioned of a set of teeth, an old wig, beads, brooches, feathers and laces out of the attic, and the whimsical inclinations of Polly Bushong who has been practicing this little hoax for nearly twelve years.

Prince Robert de Rohan Courtenay, surnamed the Magnificent, the rightful Hereditary claimant to the Throne of the Byzantine Eastern Roman Empire – styling himself His Imperial Majesty, the Magnificent Emperor of the Byzantines and of the faithful Romans, Semper Augustus – was born in Oklahoma in 1886, having lost his Empire, along with a treasure valued at $90,000,000, when the Turks overran it in the year 1453.

William Mack is known as the Sage of the Wilderness, the (Abominable) snowman, Santa Claus, El Dorado, Rasputin, Daniel Boone, Garibaldi. Mr. Mack lives on Third Avenue… And the last time I saw him he said to me: “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken but you are bound to weaken one day.”

Jack Dracula, the Marked Man, is embellished with 306 tattoos (estimated value: $6,000), and although this is a work-in-progress conspicuously distinguished him., he is living in seclusion and I have solemnly sworn not to reveal his whereabouts… He told me he is not afraid of anything, I believe him.

Diane Arbus , Harper’s Bazaar, Number 3000, November 1961, pp. 133-137 (41.2005)

“The Full Circle” on Pi day Photos and text by Diane Arbus, born 96 years ago today, 3.14.1923.

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Vivian Cherry (1920-2019)


Vivian Cherry, Watching the tearing down of 3rd Avenue El, 1955 (170.2003)


Vivian Cherry, Game of Lynching III, 1947 (168.2003)


Vivian Cherry, Game of Lynching IV, 1947 (169.2003)

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