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Auditorium Park.  September 1, 2014.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Auditorium Park. September 1, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©   Click to enlarge

RAY CHARLES AND NORA JONES:

   (Wouldn’t you love to hear that organ part in the Great Auditorium?)

Aftermath

Deauville Hotel lobby,  1964.  Miami Beach.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Deauville Hotel lobby, 1964. Miami Beach. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

This photograph is from an August morning  in 1964 at  Miami Beach.  We were staying at a hotel in the South Beach area when a hurricane (Cleo –a serious storm)  unexpectedly hit.  We slept in the hall that night.  

The next morning we went out to see the damage. Many of the hotel lobbies were ruined including ours.  This image was taken in the lobby of the oceanfront Deauville Hotel.   The ocean-facing windows blew in and swept shattered glass and salt water all over the place.  

Returning to NYC, I submitted the photograph to a contest  at The Mt. Sinai Hospital where it was selected to be on exhibit indefinitely.  The best part was that the hospital arranged to have a large exhibition print professionally made. This image has never before been published.

JOE BROWN    From the album “Concert for George.”  (2008)  

 

 

barth 9.22.2014 program

 

 

Wesley Lake.  By TCos, ace Blogfinger reporter.

Sept. 1, 2014.   Wesley Lake. By TCos, ace Blogfinger reporter.

Paul,  

What a shame!  Here is some photo evidence to go along with another Blogfinger favorite topic – Wesley Lakefill.  

With the beautiful Moonstruck building in the background and a gaggle of optimistic geese trying to make the best of a bad situation – it is a sore sight.

 I would think that both Asbury Park and Ocean Grove would want to fix this.

- TCos (citizen reporter)

It’s Where You Stand

Best view is in the bleachers.   By Paul Goldfinger.

On a hot day, the best breezes are in the bleachers. By Paul Goldfinger reporting from the Greatest Auditorium. Left click for biggest view.

Editor’s note: To explain this photograph you have to understand the work of Eugéne Atget, the French photographer who photographed the architecture and street life of old Paris at the start of the 20th century.

His images were documentary, but they also were artistic compositions that were appreciated by great artists of that time including Matisse and Picasso. When asked how he always got the best shots of old buildings, he said, “It’s where you stand.”

So, with the spirit of Atget in mind, I found myself in the back of the GA during a concert on a very warm sunny day. I simply counted 1-2-3-4 and stood in just the right place. Voila!  — PG    (This post originally published on Blogfinger in 2012. )

SOUNDTRACK:  What do you say to a topless lady? I don’t know, but here is a suggestion:

From the movie “DeLovely” about Cole Porter:

Say Goodnight Gordon

Gordon Turk says goodnight to the audience after a fine Labor Day concert. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Gordon Turk says goodnight to the audience after a fine Labor Day concert. Paul Goldfinger photo.

YVES MONTAND

Too tense?

Merchants tell me that they can’t get enough photos of the Ocean Grove tents. The challenge for photographers is to show the tents in a new light.

Ocean Grove, July 31, 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove, July 31, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

LOUIS PRIMA.  

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