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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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“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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