Nathan Lyons, 1930-2016

Nathan Lyons, from the “Notations in Passing” series, 1962–74 (213.1985)

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Marc Riboud, 1923-2016

Marc Riboud, Pentagon march, 1967 (43.1974)

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Ritz, Rocco, Skippy and Smokey

Weegee, “Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze, New York,” February 1, 1944 (1056.1993)

Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday. Noticing the dog had a broken leg, a fireman wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the street. PM Photo by Weegee.
PM, February 1, 1944, Vol. IV, No. 195, p. 10

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PM, February 1, 1944, Vol. IV, No. 195, p. 10

Weegee, [Rocco the Great Dane with body of chef Luigi Rivieccio], July 31, 1941 (929.1993)

Rocco Finds His Pal Stabbed
By Weegee
Riding around early Wednesday morning, I picked up a police radio call for 62 Stanton St. I got there at the same time as the cops.
Inside an Italian restaurant a man was lying dead on the floor. He had been stabbed. He was the chef in the place. And the story the police got was that four customers ganged up on him because he had served them warm beer. They got away in a Cadillac car.
A huge Great Dane dog was circling around the body on the floor, not letting anyone near it. The owner of the place told me the dead man, Luigi Rivieccio, and the dog had been great friends. The dog had been outside and came in just after the fight to find his pal dead. Finally the cops formed a circle around the body and edged the dog out into the street.
But the dog, called Rocco, kept trying to get back in. He sniffed around the door, pushed his big paw against it, and finally began to claw at the latch.
It didn’t help. The cops took the body out, made fingerprints from the half empty beer glasses and sent out an alarm for four missing customers. They were lucky Rocco hadn’t returned earlier. PM Photos by Weegee.
PM, July 31, 1941, p. 17

PM, July 31, 1941, p. 17

Weegee, “You Can’t Put Me Out of My Own House… Even if It’s on Fire,” October 10, 1940 (15120.1993)

You Can’t Put Me Out of My Own House… Even if It’s on Fire
The name is Skippy and his ancestry’s a mystery. He lived with Miss Sarah McKenna, an elderly woman at 26-29 First St., Long Island City, right across the street from a lumber yard that burned down last night and set their frame house afire. Skippy slumped down in the hall while firemen dragged in hose, tramped back and forth. They couldn’t get him out, neither could his mistress. He’s still there this morning. Photos by Weegee, PM Staff.
PM, October 10, 1940, Vol. I, No. 83, p. 21

PM, October 10, 1940, Vol. I, No. 83, p. 21

Weegee, “The water tower working into a three – alarm fire at Broadway and 10th St. last week also showered on Smokey, the Dalmatian that answers calls with Hook and Ladder 20,” December 20, 1942 (1078.1993)

The Water Tower working into a three-alarm fire at Broadway and 10th St. last week also showered spray on Smokey, the Dalmatian that answers calls with Hook and Ladder 20. Weegee, out Police Headquarters photographer, snapped the cold and drenched mascot as he emitted a howl of protest. Firemen heard the cry and took time out to cover Smokey with a rubber coat, while a bystander, above, added the shelter of an umbrella until the water tower was shut off. PHOTOS BY WEEGEE.
PM, December 20, 1942, p. 25

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PM, December 20, 1942, p. 25

Weegee’s dogs, part two of a projected three part series.

Weegee Wednesday is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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(Faron Young and Carrie)

(Marvin Rainwater and Lorraine)
(Marvin Rainwater and Pauline)

(Patsy Cline)

Unidentified Photographer, [Photographs], 1959 (2015.5.1)

This album begins with photos from the WWVA (1170 AM, radio station in Wheeling, West Virginia) Jamboree on May 30, 1959.

The photos of the performances are great but I love the photos of the musicians with, presumably, the photographer and photo album maker, and her friends.

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Boots, Buddy, Jerry and Dixie Girl

Weegee (1899-1968), “Pet Dog Joins Smoke-Poisoned Fireman,” December 24, 1942 (15050.1993)

Pet Dog Joins Smoke-Poisoned Fireman
Fireman Edward Frank, left, getting oxygen in an ambulance during an Eighth St. fire, was joined by Boots, Engine Co. 14 mascot. The dog wouldn’t leave until Frank was able to walk. PM Photo by Weegee.
PM, December 24, 1942, Vol. III, No. 163, p. 32.

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PM, December 24, 1942, Vol. III, No. 163, p. 32

Weegee (1899-1968), “Buddy is ‘Watered In’,” May 25, 1945 (16755.19993)

Buddy is ‘Watered In’
New York — Things got pretty tough for ‘Buddy,’ bulldog owned by Mrs. De Forest Grant, of 850 Park Ave., this morning, when a water main burst on Madison Ave. between 77th and 78th St., flooded the cellar of Buddy’s house with 9 inches of water, and put the apartment’s four elevators out of commission. Here, Buddy, who can’t get out because the street is flooded, and can’t get up because the elevators aren’t running, seek solace among the milk bottles in the apartment house elevator. The residents of the 12 story building who wanted milk on their cereal this morning had to walk to the lobby to get it.

Weegee (1899-1968), “Mongrel Pup Almost Dies Saving 16 Families in Fire,” November 17, 1941 (15124.1993)

Mongrel Pup Almost Dies Saving 16 Families in Fire
Jerry, mongrel collie, was overcome by smoke in a fish store at 210 E. 10th St., but not before he attracted the attention of a passerby.

When the ambulance arrived an intern gave the unconscious pup an injection and continued treatments until he regained his senses. Sixteen families made their escape from apartments above the store, due to Jerry’s warning.

John Lamanna, Jerry’s owner, tenderly carried him off wrapped in a blanket. The intern said the dog would recover. PM Photos by Weegee.
PM, November 17, 1941, Vol. II, No. 109, p. 18.

PM, November 17, 1941, Vol. II, No. 109, p. 18

Dixie Girl
Weegee (1899-1968), [Dixie Girl and her seven puppies on the pool table at Dixie Rose A.C., New York], August 2, 1942 (2405.1993)

Up at the Dixie Rose A.C.
at Broome and Mulberry St., a neighborhood social club in the heart of Little Italy, Dixie Girl gave birth to a litter of seven pups on the pool table. Dixie Girl is reputedly a mixture of Belgian police dog and black spitz. In honor of 32 club members now in service, listed on sign in background, other members have voted to give pups as mascots to Army camps. “V for Victory” here was posed with pups one day old. PM Photo by Weegee.
PM, August 2, 1942, Vol. III, No. 39, p.5.

PM, August 2, 1942, Vol. III, No. 39, p.5

Weegee’s dogs – the first of a projected three part series. There is nowhere else on the entire world wide web where the above Weegee photos (high quality JPEGS) paired with their first appearance in print (well-researched) are presented.

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World Elephant Day

Marilyn Bridges, Elephants, Zambia (2013.111.15)

Every day is a day, and many days are many days. Today, August 12th is World Elephant Day. “On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.” (

One of the most barbaric and tragic wildlife crimes is the slaughter of elephants for their ivory tusks for the ivory trade. “Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks” ( “In 2011 alone, an estimated twenty-five thousand African elephants were killed for their ivory; this comes to almost seventy a day, or nearly three an hour.” (Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, July 7, 2014).

Because of humans and the ivory trade, elephants are galloping toward extinction. In 2016 one elephant is killed for their tusks every 15 minutes, that’s 35,000 elephants a year ( Elephants could be extinct in less than ten years.

Arthur Rothstein, “With a 500mm telephoto lens, I caught this herd of elephants in a remote area of Kenya. Poaching and environmental hazards are making this a rare sight.” 1970 (216.1989)

The ICP archives are now located in Jersey City, NJ and today, August 12, 2016, there is a New Jersey Ivory Crush at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey. Why New Jersey?

“In 2014, New Jersey became the first state in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive ban on the commercial domestic sale of ivory and rhino horn [] The Humane Society of the United States joins Elephants DC as event sponsor of the New Jersey Ivory Crush […] New Jersey has paved the way in the effort to save elephants from extinction […] Join us on World Elephant Day in Jersey City and support the enactment of a total and complete ivory sales ban worldwide, once and for all. Extinction is real. Our silence isn’t.” (“New Jersey lawmakers uniting with Germany, Gabon and Kenya at the New Jersey Ivory Crush on World Elephant Day” press release.)

Lala Deen Dayal, Saran Bessafra Temple, ca. 1880s (121.1980)

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Seeing is Believing: Leon Levinstein in India and Nepal, Photographers and Photographs

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Outdoor portrait studio, India], ca. 1978 (2012.114.49)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Man in front of photographer’s backdrop, India], ca. 1978 (2012.114.22)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Street photography], ca. 1978 (158.1999)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Untitled], ca. 1978 (160.1999)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [People looking through stereoscopes, India], 1978 (2012.114.18)

This is the first in a new series, Seeing is Believing: Leon Levinstein, of blog posts that will present photographs made by Leon Levinstein. Although perhaps best known for the photographs made on the streets and sidewalks (and beaches) of New York City, Levinstein traveled and photographed widely (and wildly).

In the late 70s and early 80s, “1977-78, 79-80, 81, 82, 85” (Leon Levinstein: Obsession, Sam Stourdzé, 2000, p. 279), when Levinstein was around 70 years old, after about 30 years of experience as a photographer, he explored and worked in India and Nepal.

For context, in an application for a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Levinstein, who was awarded a fellowship in 1975, wrote [perhaps not too long after Indian independence in 1947] of his desire to:

“Photograph India’s efforts to build a strong and enduring democracy… to show Americans the positive side of India, such as the [still active The World Bank’s] Communities Development Project, whereby India is giving new hope and raising the standard of living of its people, by democratic means and with the assistance of American expertise… Part of my project seeks to show how, in the most dire situations, when judiciously used, American technology can help local governments to eradicate the scourges that are famine, poverty and illiteracy.” (Leon Levinstein: Obsession, Sam Stourdzé, 2000, p. 285).

The stated humanist, productive, almost patriotic and progressive intentions of the photographs made in India may not be initially obvious, but are visible, after all, seeing is believing.

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Photographs], ca. 1978 (139.1999)

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