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Piazza della Signoria by Eric Lindbloom. This image introduces the book of this collection from Florence, Italy 1994.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor @Blogfinger.net

In 1994, American photographer Eric Lindbloom published his book, Angels at the Arno, containing  images in Florence from 1979-1987.

The preface says, “This is a city not so much of paintings and trattorie as of mysterious, hidden sculptures, emerging from the ancient architecture like stone made flesh. As Linda Pastan writes in her preface, Lindbloom’s Florence is “transformed from a city of blaring car horns and leather vendors, impressive piazzas and forbidding facades to a quiet place of small streets and courtyards, of homespun angels whose wings throw light and shadow over everything, even at high noon.”

I saw this collection in 1994 when an exhibit at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in SoHo featured this body of work. As a photographer I was impressed by the soft richness of his images, especially since they all were obtained with a Diana camera, a plastic toy.

Cameras such as this have imperfections due to light leaks and a plastic lens, but in the right hands, they can create remarkable photographs.   There is a cult following for this genre.

I purchased a signed copy of this book at the exhibit as well as one of his prints, all of which were beautifully crafted in the dark room.

Lindbloom, born in 1934,  has continued to exhibit his black and white landscapes, with his most recent gallery show this past summer at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He is one of the founders of the Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY.

 

 

Published 1994.

 

From the soundtrack of the Godfather III.

“Va, Pensiero.”   Nabucco by Verdi.

 

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Evening at Kuerners. By Andrew Wyeth, 1970. Brandywine River Museum. Done with dry brush watercolor on paper

Evening at Kuerners. By Andrew Wyeth, 1970. Brandywine River Museum. Done with dry brush watercolor on paper. Click left to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)  grew up at his family’s home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He loved to explore the countryside near his house.  One mile away he discovered the Kuerners Farm owned by a family from Germany. At age 15 Wyeth did his first painting of the farm, and over the next 70 years he created 1,000 works of art based on the farm and the Kuerner family.

This print is from the Brandywine River Museum.  I saw this image there and immediately was drawn to it.  I like to study paintings as they inform my photography.  In this case I felt a sudden  and startling kinship with Andrew Wyeth because had I done a photograph of Kuerners Farm, I believe I would have composed it just this way and at just that time of day.  The light of early evening is “golden light” for photographers and painters.

Andrew Wyeth wrote about this image:

“There are few studies for this because that was the year that Karl was very ill. Many evenings with the light burning there quite late, I had a foreboding that this might be the end. I’d go over there evening after evening and just watch. I’d hear the water and see that light in Karl’s room, and I’d lie in bed at night thinking about that square house sitting in that valley with the moonlight casting such a strange liquid light on its side. The light in the window, which is pure paper, by the way, seemed to me to be Karl’s flickering soul. For me it’s very emotional picture. I saw Helga for the first time when I was doing this.”  — 
- Andrew Wyeth

AARON COPLAND.  “Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring”    The album:  An American Picnic

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COUNT BASIE.   “Flight of  the Foo Birds.”  From the Woody Allen movie  Scenes From a Mall

 

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"Flowers and Housing" by Gerald Slota (Urbania series)

“Flowers and Housing” by Gerald Slota (Urbania series) Image from Photograph Magazine.  c 2009  ©

This photograph is by an artist whose show at the Ricco Maresca Gallery will open on Nov. 21. at 529 West 20th Street.

KEN PEPLOWSKI AND FRIENDS  (live)

 

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