Recent Acquisition: Donald Unrau’s “War Story”

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Donald Unrau, “War Story,” 2014 (2016.10)

Donald Unrau’s “War Story” is a portfolio comprised of twenty portraits of American Vietnam Veterans. Under each image is a handwritten text, written by the subject of the portrait. The texts were written before the photographs were made. The photos were made between 1984 and 1989. The images and words, both personal and political, are profoundly moving.

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Donald Unrau, “War Story,” 1985 (2016.10.2)

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Always Thinking of You


Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1930 (1251.1990)


Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1930 (1239.1990)

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April 4th, 1968


Joseph Louw, [Body of Martin Luther King Jr., Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee], April 4, 1968 (1862.2005)


Joseph Louw, Ambulance at site of Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, Memphis, Tennessee, April 4, 1968 (1860.2005)

Forty nine years ago today, on April 4th, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee. (On April 4th, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech at Riverside church, in New York.) Joseph Louw, born in South Africa, was working on a documentary film about King and staying in a room a few doors down from King’s. A little after 6 PM, Louw “was eating dinner in a restaurant when, ‘for some weird reason,’ he remembers, ‘I suddenly decided to watch the Huntley-Brinkley show.’ He went back to his room, which was three doors from Dr. King’s. Minutes later the shot was fired. He rushed out on the balcony immediately – without his cameras – and saw Dr. King fall. He ran to help, then seeing there was nothing he could do, ran back for his cameras. ‘At first,’ he remembers, ‘it was just a matter of realizing the horror of the thing. Then I knew I must record it for the world to see.'” (LIFE, April 19, 1968, Vol. 64, No. 16, p. 3) The four rolls of film were processed by Louw in Ernest Withers’s nearby darkroom. Concerned about chaos and riots in Memphis, the negatives were brought by plane to Newark, NJ and then to the LIFE magazine offices, by the photographer. Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers, was staying in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel. It is now the National Civil Rights Museum.


Joseph Louw, [Rev. Jesse Jackson at site of assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis, Tennessee], April 4, 1968 (1861.2005)

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“An Earnest Endeavour”


Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Saul Steinberg, 1946 (311.1994)


Lilliput, Vol. 27, No. 3, Issue No. 159, September 1950 (2007.85.19)


Lilliput, September 1950, Vol. 27, No. 3, Issue No. 159 (2007.85.19)


Lilliput, September 1950, Vol. 27, No. 3, Issue No. 159 (2007.85.19)


Inge Morath (1923-2002), Saul Steinberg, 1966 (202.1975)

If it’s the first day of April 2017, then it might be a good day to post a pair of portraits of the seriously funny Saul Steinberg, a few portraits by Saul Steinberg, and a pair of portraits of pair of Fansinaflashbulb bloggers:


Lilliput, Vol. 28, No.1, Issue 163, January 1951, (2007.85.20)

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Catherine Leroy

Catherine Leroy, Flares over the Da Nang River on the eve of the Tet Offensive, JAnuary 31st, 1968 (2011.73.6)


Catherine Leroy
, A North Vietnamese lieutenant and his men guard a position at the cathedral of Hue at the onset of the Tet offensive, February 1st, 1968 (2011.73.5)


Catherine Leroy
A camouflaged North Vietnamese sniper holds his position near the cathedral of Hue, February 1st, 1968 (2011.73.3)


Catherine Leroy, [Ann-Margret performing for troops at a USO show, Vietnam], 1960s (2014.47.2)


Catherine Leroy
, [Crowd of soldiers taking photographs during a USO performance, Vietnam], 1960s (2014.47.1)

This last blog post for Women’s History Month is devoted to Catherine Leroy. The French photojournalist boarded a plane to Vietnam in 1966 at the age of 21. She had no experience in a war zone or, as she put it, “I had never heard a shot fired in anger.” When she arrived in Saigon she headed over to the office of The Associated Press where she was given three rolls of film. It was the start of years of committed and award-winning coverage of war.

For a brief period during the Vietnam war, Ms. Leroy was kidnapped by the North Vietnamese Army together with the French journalist Francois Mazure. Rather than instantly leaving after they were set free, the two journalists seized the opportunity to interview and photograph the men who captured them. They gladly cooperated and posed in set-up battle scenes. The story and photographs ran six pages long in Life magazine. Within months of her arrival in Vietnam, Catherine Leroy had positioned herself as a powerful voice in the world of photojournalism.

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“The Best of Everything”


J. Wiese, [Ada Brown], ca. 1920s (621.1990)

Wishing ‘Dora’ the best of everything.
Sincerely
‘Ada Brown’

Ada Scott Brown (May 1, 1890 – March 30, 1950), singer and actress, was born, raised, and died in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Helen Levitt: “Why don’t we let people look at pictures.”


Helen Levitt (1913–2009), [Two girls on a truck], ca. 1948 (2006.55.2)


School is good. Helen Levitt speaking at ICP on June 17th 1987 about learning photography in the 1930s and 40s by asking the person working at the photography store questions and learning by trial and error, and that printing is a matter of long experience.


Helen Levitt (1913–2009), New York, 1972 (313.1984) 313.1984


Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino speaking at ICP on June 17th 1987 about color and context.


Helen Levitt (1913–2009), New York, 1980 (2008.38.1)


Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino speaking at ICP on June 17th 1987 about color and time.


Helen Levitt (1913–2009), New York, 1982 (146.1997)


Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino speaking at ICP on June 17th 1987 about Levitt’s beginnings as a photographer: working for a commercial photographer, Buster Mitchell, in the Bronx.


Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino speaking at ICP on June 17th 1987 about Levitt’s pink darkroom (“Helen has the only pink darkroom in the world.”), Levitt’s fondness for printing, and Helen Levitt compares black and white printing to eating peanuts.

Coinciding with the exhibition: Helen Levitt, “Children’s Street Drawings, New York, 1938-1948,” June 17, 1987 – July 26, 1987, Helen Levitt and Marvin Hoshino spoke at ICP, on June 17th 1987.

Helen Levitt born in Brooklyn on August 31, 1913 and died on March 29, 2009 in Greenwich Village.

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