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Paris 1937 by Lucien Aigner. Currently at the Gallery Kayafas, Boston.  Re-post from 2017.

By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor @Blogfinger.net

The photojournalist Lucien Aigner was born in Hungary.  He moved to Paris where he worked with some of the pioneer Leica-toting photographers such as Robert Capa. When WWII happened, he escaped to America where he continued his work.  He spent his last days organizing over 100,000 of his negatives.

I have been a Leica photographer most of my life, including now when I work with a Leica digital, the M-9.  But I still spend time scanning negatives for digital files to create prints and to post on Blogfinger.

Josephine Baker was an American singer who moved to France where she was a sensation. She liked to perform in abbreviated costumes including one where she wore a very short skirt made of bananas.  She was famous in Europe, but less so in the US.

Baker was active in the US civil rights movement; she would never perform in front of segregated audiences. During WWII, she assisted the French Resistance, and DeGaulle personally gave her their highest honor.

Her biggest hit was “I Have Two Loves”  (“J’ai deux amours.”)  which we have played on Blogfinger in the past.  (see below)


Josephine Baker 1930.

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Bob Bowné, photographer. 2020. © Special to Blogfinger.



LONDON PHILHARMONIC:   “Peer Gynt Suite #1”  Op 46.  by Edvard Grieg.




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Florence, Italy, August 22, 1951. By Ruth Orkin

Florence, Italy, August 22, 1951. By Ruth Orkin

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We will be pursuing a series of posts about photography, particularly of female photographers. This photograph, taken in the summer of 1951, at the Piazza del Rebublica in Florence, became Ruth Orkin’s iconic masterpiece. The image has a story:

Orkin, a 29 year old aspiring photojournalist, was traveling alone in Europe that summer. In Florence she met 23 year old “Jinx” Allen Craig who had quit her job in New York City to go by herself on a grand tour of Europe. While checking out a cheap hostel on the River Arno, she met Orkin. The two of them decided to become a team and investigate what it was like for a woman to travel alone on the continent. They set up photographs in a variety of situations such as sitting in a cafe, shopping in a market , etc.

In this photo, Orkin asked Craig to walk through the crowd of leering men. Orkin took only two frames, but for this shot, she asked the men not to look at the camera when Craig walked past a second time. This image became famous. Early on, the crotch grabbing was airbrushed out. Some critics discounted the photograph because they said it was set up and not spontaneous.

Others said that it showed harrassment of a woman on the streets of Florence, but “Jinx” Craig thought otherwise. She said, “It’s not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time! I clutched my shawl to me because that sheaths the body. It was my protection, my shield. I was walking through a sea of men. I was enjoying every minute of it. They were Italian and I love Italians.”

Orkin became famous, and Craig eventually married an Italian man.

If you want to read more about this image and the people who made it, here is a link: American Girl in Italy (MessyNessy Chic)




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Original work by Cara Van Leuven. Special to Blogfinger.©. January, 2020. ©

From Cara’s website:  http://www.caraVL.com

“When she’s not in the saddle competitively jumping or busy creating, Cara can be found in the agility ring with her two border collies. She and her fiance share their recently renovated 1861 farmhouse in Grantfork, Illinois with the borders, two warmblood mares, Henry the cat, three ducks and three really unpleasant geese.”


BOB DYLAN. (…”dreamin of a song.”).  From his album Triplicate.


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Buggy, Farmhouse, and Windmill from The Amish Portfolio. George Tice © Click to enlarge Silver gelatin print by the artist.


This image is from the book of photographs edited by Ralph and Caroline Steiner  (1986) called In Spite of Everything, Yes.

George Tice is a New Jersey photographer who is famous all over the world.  His work with the Amish is especially unique.

Here is a link to our post about George Tice at the Newark Museum in 2013.

George Tice at the Newark Museum



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