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E.J. Bellocq from the Storyville collection. Deborah Bell Gallery. ©

 

E.J,Bellocq from the Storyville Portraits collection. D.Bell Gallery. ©

 

E.J. Bellocq Storyville Portraits collection.

 

From Photograph Magazine:

“Selections from E.J. Bellocq’s Storyville portraits, images of prostitutes from New Orleans’s Storyville neighborhood, from 1912, go on view at Deborah Bell Gallery, 16 E. 71st Street. NYC on February 15.

“Bellocq, a native of New Orleans Creole community, died in 1949, and in 1958, 89 glass-plate negatives were found in his desk, all of which were acquired nine years later by Lee Friedlander, who reprinted them using the same printing-out paper that Bellocq had used in his rare prints. Bellocq himself was a somewhat enigmatic character (a commercial photographer, he was thought to have hydrocephalus), but his candid portraits showed his subjects  at ease with him and at home in their surroundings.”

Bellocq worked as a commercial photographer of ships and buildings, but he also had his personal work with images of the shadowy NO cultures including the prostitutes of the Storyville district where prostitution was legal and the Chinatown opium dens.

The working girls seemed comfortable with him as noted above.  They agreed to be photographed nude and clothed.

He did not achieve fame in his lifetime.  Lee Friedlander, a famous photographer in his own right, made the Storyville prints, and they were first exhibited at a 1970 show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized by Friedlander who later (1996) published a book of Bellocq’s work.

 

JIMMY BUFFETT.  (Live in New Orleans. 2008,  Jazz Fest) ALLEN TOUSSAINT on piano.    The album is Encores with music performed at the end of Jimmy’s concerts.

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–Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor.  Blogfinger.net. February 11, 2020.

 

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Chihuly centerpiece in front of the Conservatory at the BBG. Photo by Hope Moraff, special to Blogfinger.net.

This show is not a typical gallery display.  It is a garden exhibit showing the works of a remarkable artist, Dale Chihuly, whose glass sculptures are internationally known.

The current show at the Bronx Botanical Garden will be around only until October 29, but it is worth a trip into the Bronx, even if parts of that borough look like a third world country.

 

Eileen Goldfinger photograph. October, 2017. © Blogfinger.net

The BBG is a spectacular place, and the Chihuly show is available in two formats, one in daylight and one at night.

Eileen Goldfinger photo of glass balls individually made. ©  Blogfinger.net

We visited for the daytime exhibit which displayed 20 Chihuly installations interspersed around and within  the gardens, and everything is within walking distance.

The presence of this georgeous colorful art presented in a natural environment is remarkable.

Chihuly exhibit. Photo by Eileen Goldfinger ©. Blogfinger.net

EMMA STONE AND RYAN GOSLING  from the soundtrack of La La Land.

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“Elusory” 2017. By Susan Richman.  ©

 

LANG LANG playing a piece by Franz Liszt:  “Romance in E Minor.”

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor at Blogfinger.net

Susan Richman is a photographer whose work is currently being shown at a New York City downtown gallery called Umbrella Arts, 317 E. 9th St.   The exhibit will be shown from October 4, 2017 to October 28, 2017.

About her work, Ms. Richman says,   “I am an interpreter of what surrounds me and the camera is my instrument of choice. It affords me a different way of seeing and a way to uncover what is unobserved.” (quote from her web site.)

I like this image, “Elusory,” because of the mysterious abstract portrayal of some red  berries, perhaps from a holly tree.  But they seem to be suspended in mid-air, and the colors help make the image successful. The bright light in the center adds energy to the photograph, suggesting some sort of abyss and adding motion to the berry branch.

As she says, it is a “different way of seeing.”

And, by the way, “elusive” is not a pretentious word here; it means evasive.

We obtained this image from Photograph Magazine.

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