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Truro Beach from the Truro Beach by Rachel Hulin, NY Times. August, 2015 piece called

Truro Beach by Rachel Hulin, NY Times. August 26, 2015. The article is  called “The Quiet of Outer Cape Cod”  Click to enlarge.  ©.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

This photograph illustrates the overlap of photojournalism and fine art photography.  The lighting and the composition are beautiful, and the image tells a story that goes with the article.

The NY Times has a marvelous photography staff, and their photo section is best viewed on their e-edition, preferably with a retina-vision Apple screen.  You can also buy signed photographs by their staff.

KELSEY GRAMMER  and DOUGLAS HODGE  “Song On the Sand” from the show (revival 2010)  La Cage Aux Folles.

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Ocean Grove tennis court.  (note the net which she is holding. ? body language.). Broadway, August, 1910. On the back it says, “1 1/2 blocks from ocean, about #23 Bway.”  Note, no cars. ? Sunday. In 1910, there were 500,000 cars in America.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.net

Tennis was introduced in the US in 1876, seven years after OG was founded.  By 1881, tennis clubs were being built all over.

In the photo, it looks like the OG courts were hard sand, located parallel to Broadway.  The early OG history books make no mention of tennis.  Presumably playing tennis was forbidden on Sundays.  Will tennis keep this couple together–after all, that sport has something called “love?”

BARBARA COOK.  “Don’t Blame Me.”  From her album  Close As Pages in a Book—the music of Dorothy Fields.  Dorothy Fields  was a well known lyricist at a time when there were few women found at the Brill Building in New York.  Barbara Cook was a huge star on the Broadway stage.

“Can’t you see
When you do the things you do?
If I can’t conceal
The thrill that I’m feeling
Don’t blame me..”

Do you suppose she liked it when he rushed the net?  Did she prefer his backhand or his fore?

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Tony Vaccaro on the set of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita c. 1960.

Paul Goldfinger, MD. Editor Blogfinger.net


Tony Vaccaro is celebrating his 98th birthday with the opening of his latest fine art photography show at the Monroe Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

His photography career dates back to the D-Day landings in Normandy and carries forward to now.  He still teaches and photographs.

Photograph magazine posted some of the prints from the Santa Fe show , and the Fellini image is one of them.

Nino Rota is the prolific Italian composer who wrote the music for La Dolce Vita (1960)  and for the Godfather I and II, for which he won an Oscar.  During his long career,  he composed music for over 140 movies.




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Inishmore, Aran Islands. Ireland. 1992 ©

Inishmore, Aran Islands. Ireland. 1992 © By Timothy Whelan.  Click to enlarge.

We wrote about Tim Whelan before on Blogfinger when we presented another image from his Portfolio #1.  We promised to show some more of his work.

The Portfolio contains images which Tim obtained and personally printed in the darkroom with great skill and sensitivity.  Subsequently we will share some of what the great American photographer Paul Caponigro had to say about Tim’s work.

As noted before, I met Tim at the Maine Photographic Workshops in 1995.  The class which we took was a master printer’s workshop with one of America’s most famous printers and photographers George Tice.  This photograph by Tim is reminiscent  of George Tice’s book Stone Walls, Gray Skies.

Here is a link to our piece about George Tice:


Here is a link to the Blogfinger article about Tim Whelan:




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Jesse A. Fernandez, Alicia Alonso, Varadero Beach, Cuba, 1958. Courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art ©

Jesse A. Fernandez, Alicia Alonso, Varadero Beach, Cuba, 1958. Courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art ©  From Photograph Magazine.  Re-post from 2016.


This exhibit, called “Under the Cuban Sun,” traces the tumultuous changes in Cuba over the last 70 years as seen through the lenses of an array of famous photographers from Cuba, but also as seen by visiting artists.  Jesse A. Fernandez (1925-1986) is a Cuban artist who photographed many of the most important figures in Cuba in the 1950’s such as Fidel Castro .

The exhibit at the Throckmorton Gallery (145 East 57th Street in NYC) spans the years 1933-2007. It will consist of 42 vintage images and will open on June 16, 2016 and close on September 17, 2016.



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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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Cindy Sherman, 1979. ©

Cindy Sherman, 1979. Untitled.   ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor at BLOGFINGER.net.  Re-post from 2016.


The new ICP  (International Center for Photography) at 250 Bowery will open the inaugural show on June 23.  50 artists will be exhibited for a show called “Public, Private, Secret.”  It is about “privacy in today’s social media driven culture.”

Cindy Sherman was born in 1964 in Glen Ridge, NJ.   She has had a very successful and innovative career and is best known for her images where she dresses up and roll plays,  photographing  herself, as in the photograph  above where she is polishing her toe nails.  Other themes include her series on black and white movie stills and on exploitation of women.


TONY BENNETT.  “Have You Met Miss Jones”  from the Complete Improv Recordings

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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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Apple by Paul Caponigro is one of the fine prints to be shown in Sante Fe. From Photograph Magazine.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Photography Editor at Blogfinger.net.

On January 10, 2020, an exhibit will open in Sante Fe, New Mexico at the Obscura Gallery.  It is a solo exhibit dedicated to the work of one of America’s master photographers Paul Caponigro, spanning sixty years   (1958-2012).

Paul has been photographing since childhood.  He studied classical piano before turning to the camera.  He also is a poet. Caponigro is best known for his landscapes and still lifes. I met him at the Maine Photographic Workshops.  His studio was nearby.  Here is a link about a visit to his studio and darkroom

Caponigro visit

He is best known for his lifetime body of work often shot at ancient sites in England, Ireland and Scotland.  Stonehenge is one of his best known subjects.

Caponigro is also known for his impeccable black and white prints.


Stonehenge by Paul Caponigro. © From Photograph Magazine.



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