Now at last I know….

Ocean Grove.November, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. November, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge


BLOSSOM DEARIE  from the album Jazz Masters 51–Blossom Dearie.





A rose by any other name……

Saturday, October 3, 2020   9 am to 3 pm   Please wear masks.

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That is where the lists of items to sell are shown.

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There will be announcements in the Coaster and Next Door.  Tell your friends  (word-of-mouth.)


We’re hoping for one fine day:


The post below was originally published in 2013 after a visit to the Princeton University Art Museum.

Currently, 2020, it is closed to the public, but there are quite a few interesting presentations online.   When things get back to normal, you might consider a visit.  Directions below.   They are supposed to be starting a new building this year. They house 92,000 works of art.

Princeton University Art Museum. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Princeton University Art Museum. Paul Goldfinger photos. © Click all our photos to enlarge.  Re-post from 2013

VANGELIS: From his album “Blade Runner” The piece is called “Mail From India.”

Directions: The Art Museum on the campus of Princeton University has free admission and is a wonderful place to visit. It takes less than an hour to get there via Rt 33 and then some zigs and zags. (Take your GPS and enter Nassau Street). When you get to Nassau St. (Rt 27) turn left and look for the parking signs. There is on-street metered parking (2 hours max.) and there are parking garages.

You just walk onto the campus and ask anyone where it is.  Basically, after you walk through the iron gates, bear left past Nassau Hall (the big building with two tigers guarding the entrance) and go straight a short distance.

Princeton University Art Museum. August, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Princeton University Art Museum. August, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Nassau Hall faces Nassau Street. August, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Nassau Hall faces Nassau Street. August, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The current  (2013) photography exhibit “Shared Vision” is excellent, with a collection of vintage prints by a wide variety of artists.

My favorite is Alfred Stieglitz. He actually is quoted with some advice for photographers as to when to pull the trigger, “Watch the passing figures and await the moment in which everything is in balance.”

I would add that you have to pre-set your camera (exposure and focus,) get into “the zone,” and wait for your senses to judge “balance.” It happens too fast to think much about it.

I heard a famous National Geographic photographer say essentially the same thing: Find a beautiful or otherwise marvelous place and then wait for someone to enter the scene….he called that “waiting for the magic.”

At the Princeton exhibit  there is an image from Garry Winogrand’s 1975 book called Women Are Beautiful.  His style in the book was street photography which is what I like to do.  He even used a Leica M camera like mine.  Winogrand did receive some “flack” over this subject matter, but he was baffled by that, and the acclaim far outweighed any criticisms.

One reviewer said that no collection of “street photography” books is complete without this one.  He likened Winogrand’s work to Robert Frank’s.

He said, “Whenever I’ve seen an attractive woman, I’ve done my best to photograph her. ”

The New Yorker wrote about Winogrand and said, “Winogrand didn’t take time tweaking and twiddling the camera’s rings and dials, and, above all, he didn’t take time to compose his images. When he flung his Leica to his eye, he didn’t study framing through the lens but composed instantaneously, impulsively, improvisationally, as if he were making a kind of pictorial jazz, or what Jean-Luc Godard called “the definitive by chance.”

From MOMA in New York:  “Photography curator, historian, and critic John Szarkowski called Winogrand the central photographer of his generation.”   That was mid-20th century.

The image below is the one we saw in Princeton. Winogrand did not know his subjects. They are all candid street shots.

A new copy of that 1975 book costs about $1,000.00 today. Out-of-print photography book are very valuable, especially if in perfect condition and signed by the artist.  That sort of precious art-book,  Women Are Beautiful, is sold in New York at galleries such as Swann Galleries.  Aficionados wish for a reprint edition.


Gary Winogrand. Beautiful woman eating ice cream cone.

Gary Winogrand. “Beautiful woman” eating ice cream cone.  From the Princeton Museum exhibit.


Gary Winogrand  “beautiful woman” street photography taken ad lib, with no consent required. His style of “shooting from the hip”  with little attention to composition often resulted in body parts being lost.  From the book, taken from the Internet.—-PG


—Paul Goldfinger, Photography  Editor @Blogfinger


JAMES CHIRILLO. “I Love You Samantha” (Album “Jazz4Lovers”)

Only You

Boardwalk Casino photo shoot. Asbury Park, NJ. © by Paul Goldfinger

Boardwalk Casino photo shoot. Asbury Park, NJ. © by Paul Goldfinger. Click to enlarge




Can Dad recover from such brainwashing?


Scene:  Wegmans coffee bar. A mom is placing her one year old into a shopping cart. She is annoyed.

Baby:  Goo la la

Mom:  The seat belt is broken. Your father found us a defective cart.

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The Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The great doors at the Great Auditorium  (1894).  By Paul Goldfinger © 2013.  Click to enlarge; Posted on Blogfinger in 2014.


Ticket to Rossini's Stabat Mater 1903.

Ticket to Rossini’s Stabat Mater 1903.



STANLEY TURRENTINE (tenor sax:)     “Then I’ll be Tired of You.”    By Arthur Schwartz and Yip Harburg.   Harburg, the lyricist, also wrote the words to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


“You look at me and wonder, you look at me and doubt,
Darling your eyes are asking, “Will the flame burn out?”
Well, no one is sure of sun shine, no one is sure of dawn,
But I am sure my love will live on and on.…”


Johnstown, Pennsylvania. June, 2014. By Bob Bowné ©

Johnstown, Pennsylvania. June, 2014. By Bob Bowné ©

From Bob Bowné to Blogfinger:   “I attached a photo I shot in Johnstown PA this weekend….ah…the industrial villages in the US are beat up.”


MAUDE MAGGART.  Irving Berlin wrote this song “You Keep Coming Back Like a Song”  from the 1946 movie Blue Skies, where it was introduced by Bing Crosby.

Brewer cemetery. Farmingdale, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2014.

Brewer cemetery. Farmingdale, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2014.  Re-posted from 2015.

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.net

Jean Bredin just sent us a piece about a cemetery in New York State.   So here is a local cemetery that interested me in 2018:

Photographers are sometimes drawn to cemeteries because they can be dramatic and lovely. But I rarely see a cemetery photo in an art gallery—I guess they don’t sell well. In my case, I almost never photograph in a cemetery because it’s depressing.

About the only time I get interested is if there is beauty and/or historical context, such as with this 18th century cemetery in Farmingdale. There is something mysterious and brooding about this place. I actually enjoyed walking around there trying to read the nearly obliterated inscriptions.

This Brewer Cemetery in Farmingdale, with its lonely setting, sitting forlornly by the side of a country road, seems wonderfully haunting.

I have visited cemeteries in Boston and New Brunswick which go back to the Revolutionary War, and they are absolutely fascinating if not beautiful.

Another gorgeous place is the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah where Johnny Mercer resides. You can take a ghost tour in Savannah. I have photos. (Remember the book/movie Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil—-set in Savannah?)

And we have posted a piece about the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond which goes back to the Civil War.

You know, the Albatross Hotel on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove served as a setting for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

This Farmingdale cemetery would be great for HBO’s True Blood.

You can almost see the vampires coming out of the ground during the night to fly into Ocean Grove and seek some juicy jugular veins.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT   from his album Want One

Ocean Grove. Built 1880. Beersheba Award winner. Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. 113 Mt. Hermon Way.    Built 1880. Beersheba Award winner. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Gull wing roof.  This Victorian home was much smaller when it was built. It once had up and down wrap-around porches. Over the years it was turned into a mishmash with a masonry lower porch floor, stairs,  and wrought-iron railings.

Brought back (literally to 1880) in two stages: 2002 and 2005.  The frame of the original front door was found where the middle downstairs window is now.  A hidden staircase was found in the kitchen.



Saturday night Sept. 26, 2020. Blogfinger.net photo. ©  Cookman Avenue is closed off to traffic.



CHICAGO:  “Saturday in the Park.”


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