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By James Hill, New York Times. ©

By James Hill, New York Times. © Reposted from 2014 BF

By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor  @Blogfinger

Photojournalism used to be considered a separate discipline from photography in general. For example, fine art photography is all about imagery, so anything goes.  But photojournalism has been traditionally about facts.  That is why newspaper and magazine editors are fussy about issues such as distorting the meaning of a moment by manipulating the image, for example by cropping.  Or else, a news photographer cannot pose a scene. It needs to be recorded just as it happened.

But, thanks to the work of great news photographers such as Robert Capa who went in on D-Day with the first wave, photographers are given more leeway to have one foot in the news and the other in fine-arts.  The best examples not only tell a story but can be objects of feelings and beauty.

The image above is from a New York Times article about a resurgence of figure skating in Russia.  James Hill is the photographer and he shot the image in Moscow—November, 2013.  The photo is impressionistic and quite beautiful apart from its use to illustrate a sports article.

ALEXANDER MARKOV.   “Thais #5 Meditation.” by Jules Massenet


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By Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French. ©
By Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French. ©  Fire Island, 1950.  Scanned from Photograph Magazine.   Re-post from 2015 at Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor  @Blogfinger

These three photographers collaborated together from the 1930’s to the 1950’s producing intimate sized black and white prints characterized by “magical realism.”  These were set pieces that evoked psychology, eroticism, and symbolism.   Their work on Nantucket, Fire Island, Provincetown, New York, and New Jersey was controversial at first, but is now considered to be important examples of American photographic art.

The Gitterman Gallery is mounting a show of their work from September 9 to November 7, 2015, at 41 East 57th Street;  Suite 1103. The show is called PaJaMa after their first names. You can see more images by them at http://www.gittermangallery.com.

I enjoy their photographs because of the very special black and white moody effects.  It’s hard to understand how 3 people can work together to produce a photograph, but I imagine there are design, story, photographic and production challenges, so there must be an element of division of labor.


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Skidaway Island. Savannah, Georgia by Island photographer Fitzclarke. ©

We have friends who live on Skidaway Island off Savannah, Georgia.   The island is a habitat for migrating birds including the Roseate Spoonbill.  This beautiful bird breeds in South America, but we have seen them at the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve on Sanibel Island off the southwest Gulf Coast in Florida.  This gorgeous image of the Roseate was obtained by a Skidaway photographer and shared with us on Blogfinger.

JON BRION wrote the soundtrack for the movie Lady Bird which won many major awards including an Academy nomination for best picture.  This is a wonderful film, especially if you like movies about relationships, in this case between a high school girl about to go to college and her mother.  It is now available on streaming channels.

The main theme (below) is also called “Lady Bird.”


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City sunrise. By Shelley Brown, MD. Special to Blogfinger. ©  Click image to enlarge this spectacular view.


BOSTOP POPS ORCHESTRA with ARTHUR FIEDLER.  George Gershwin’s  “Rhapsody in Blue.”

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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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Paul J Woolf. From Photograph Magazine. October 2017.

Paul J. Woolf was known for architectural images.  This photograph was taken at dusk in 1935.  An exhibit of his work opened on Oct. 26 at the Keith de Lellis Gallery in NYC.


PAUL WHITEMAN ORCHESTRA:”   “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.  From the movie Manhattan:




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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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Rainbow. Warrington Hotel  fire site as seen across Wesley Lake. Photo by “Suffering Surfer.” © Special to Blogfinger. 7/1/17.  Click to enlarge.

Rain + Sun = Rainbow.

8 pm 7/1/17: over Warrington fire site.
Is this a positive omen?

Suffering Surfer

Editor’s note:  Another good omen would be if the town demands single family houses at that Warrington site.  After all, that is what is happening next door at the Park View site and it is what the Master Plan asks for.

And look at the yellow/red roof beauty down the block on Seaview Avenue—the anchor for a lovely residential neighborhood?

Music for a good omen by Emilio de Benito (guitarist).

It is “Granada” from Woody’s film Vicky Cristina Barcelona:

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Grandmother, Brooklyn, NY 1993. By Eugene Richards. Click to enlarge

By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor at Blogfinger.net

Eugene Richards is one of America’s finest photojournalists.  He is now 73 years old and is having this retrospective at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, the second oldest photographic museum in the country. The exhibit is called “The Run-On of Time.”

From the Eastman Museum: “Artistic Vision Meets the Documentary Tradition” is this major museum retrospective, Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time, which explores the photographer’s unflinching work going back to 1968. Richards has made extended photo essays focusing on drug addiction, aging, the erosion of rural America, racism, and poverty, among other tough subjects.”  The show opens at the George Eastman Museum June 10.

From the International Center of Photography in NYC:  “Richards, one of the best-known photojournalists in this country, for more than twenty-five years has been recording aspects of urban lives and painful human experiences that many people never witness. Emergency room panic, the desperation of junkies shooting heroin, housing project squalor: through Richards’s compassionate photography we are faced with moments so brutal, personal and painful that they can only be real. As Cornell Capa* has said, Richards “is a concerned photographer, and his concern is honest without a doubt.”

Eugene Richards was born in Boston and he studied photography at MIT under Minor White. He has been called a “documentary photographer.”  His photo essays focus on social issues such as rural poverty in the South and climate change.  The image above looks at a community in Brooklyn.

The photograph above accurately captures a particular subculture in Brooklyn—-it is characteristically lower income, ethnic, family oriented, and with a value system that has roots in places like Italy, Ireland, and Jewish parts of eastern Europe.  The hydrant is open, and this grandmother has created a resort for her family. She maintains her dignity despite the overall atmosphere of that place.

When we moved to Randolph, NJ, an upscale leafy suburb in Morris County, we had come from NYC and Washington, DC.  As a child my parents took us to Coney Island often, and in later years we visited the lower East Side, Brighton Beach, Little Italy, and even Seaside Heights.

Our neighbor in Randolph was from Brooklyn. His home had a rear deck and a lovely backyard.  But they loved to set up folding chairs in their driveway near their garage—a paved place to kibitz (chat), eat, drink and enjoy the kids. So we can relate to the scene above, and it is so much more than merely an image of a family at play.

*Cornell Capa was a photojournalist who was one of the founders of ICP.  His brother is Robert Capa, the famed war photographer who went in with the first wave at D-Day.

SUSAN BOYLE: “Memory” is from the Lloyd Weber show Cats which opened in London in 1981 and had a record-breaking long run in NYC.  It is now back on Broadway. (This is a repost)

Cats closed Dec 2017 in NYC but is now on tour.

If you can, take your kids and read them the TS Eliot “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” before you go. Broadway is expensive, but they will remember this show for the rest of their lives. Consider it an investment.

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‘Palm Tree, Havana. 2003″
By Alexey Titarenko

Alexey Titarenko is a Russian artist and photographer.  He also has US citizenship and he now lives in NYC. This photo is from a body of work called the City is a Novel.  His latest show is at the Nailya Alexander Gallery, 41  57th Street.

DON AZPIAZU and the Havana Casino Orchestra with “Lamento Borincano”

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