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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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“La Estrella, 2000”    (Tr—The Star.)   By Adriana Groisman. © Scanned from Aperture Magazine for Blogfinger.net.  Re-post from 2015 Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor  @Blogfinger

In the summer of 2003, the famous photography magazine Aperture contained a presentation of tango photographs by Adriana Groisman, a Buenos Aires-born artist who has become known for her tango work since she began this project in 1998.

The article contained an essay about tango which is a dance form known for its passion, eroticism, and intensity, but also for the music that goes along with it. I loved the tango score for the film the Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brando, with the music composed by Argentinian saxophonist and jazz musician Gato Barbieri.

Some of you may also recall the tango scene with Al Pacino in The Scent of a Woman.

The Aperture piece contained a number of Groisman’s powerful black and white images that captured the emotional energies of tango.  The image above struck me as the epitome of eroticism possible with dance.  Tango seems to be the one dance form that is primarily about sex.

In the article, strangely enough for a photographic magazine, there was very little information about the artist or the images including the one above. There was no technical information whatsoever. But Aperture is usually mostly about the art of photography. Even when they show work by photojournalists like the Brazilian Sebastiao Salgadao, they only show those whose works easily fall into the fine art category as well.

Adriana Groisman now lives in New York, but we have no recent information about her. From 1998 until 2004, her list of exhibits on this theme of tango is quite extensive.  In 2011 her book Tango—-Never Before Midnight was published.

Below is a video of the tango scene in “The Scent of a Woman.”  It is wonderful, and I have watched it countless times.  The music is by the father of tango song Carlos Gardel.

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Pocono Mountains. Scotrun Pennsylvania. By Jean Wiarda, special to Blogfinger. December 8, 2019. ©



JOSH GROBAN.  From Les Miserables.


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“The All Blacks” rugby team by Peter Bush of New Zealand. From Photograph Magazine.


Peter Bush

By Paul Goldfinger, multi-media editor @Blogfinger.

Peter Bush, of New Zealand, is a most unusual professional photographer having spent his entire career photographing one sport and one team, the All Blacks, a legendary rugby team.  His photographs, taken on and off the field document a sport that makes our professional football teams appear puny.

He is now 88 years old.  Most of his work was done in black and white, a style that is so dramatic and full of emotion, that his own color work is ordinary by comparison.  I know nothing about rugby, a sport that barely has made a showing in the US, but Bush’s images speak for themselves in all their powerful grandeur.

A gallery showing of Bush’s All Black work is now in progress at Anastasia Photo. 143 Ludlow Street, NYC.  9/19-11/23/19






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Julia Jackson, 1862. She was Julia Cameron's neice and her favorite subject. Julia J. was also the mother of writer Virginia Woolf.

Portrait of Julia Jackson, 1862. She was Julia Cameron’s niece and her favorite subject. Julia Jackson was also the mother of writer Virginia Woolf.  From Photograph magazine.  Dec. 2016.

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.

The Met in New York had this to say about our guest photographer :  “One of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) blended an unorthodox technique, a deeply spiritual sensibility, and a Pre- Raphaelite–inflected aesthetic to create a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Victorian soul…”

I wish I had written that sentence.

Julia Margaret Cameron was British, but she spent much of her life in India and Ceylon.  She worked with a technically difficult technique that involved harsh chemicals:   albumin printing from wet collodion negatives.  Some exotic artists today enjoy  using methods like this, but they must be really dedicated.

In her time, Cameron was criticized by other photographers because of her artsy soft-focus results, but painters were more likely to  appreciate her work.    I am a big fan of those 19th- early 20th  century impressionistic photographers.

Cameron’s work is currently being shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art until Feb. 5, 2017.  So, if you are traveling for fun and games in Ohio, do stop in Cleveland for this photo exhibit.

MARIAN McPARTLAND, jazz  pianist.  “Our Love is Here to Stay,”  by George and Ira Gershwin.     Speaking of pioneering (British)  women, Marian McPartland   (1918-2013) was a “trailblazing” jazz star at a time when there were few women in jazz.  She was a composer and the founder of a record label.  From 1978-2011, she was known for her famous radio show “Piano Jazz” on NPR.   I used to listen to her play and  interview musicians. Marian performed all over the world, and she was still composing as she approached age 90.

Marion McPartland performs at age 90.

Marian McPartland performs at age 90.

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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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