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Jewish schoolchildren. Mukacevo, Ukraine. 1935-1938. By Roman Vishniac.

Jewish schoolchildren. Mukacevo, Ukraine. 1935-1938. By Roman Vishniac.

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) , street photographer of pre-World War II Jewish life in Eastern Europe, produced  a photographic record that “documented that world on the eve of its annihilation. He was Russian born, but he started his career in Berlin in the 1920’s. He escaped to  New York in 1941.   In 1947 he returned to Europe to document Jewish displaced-persons camps, the ruins of Berlin, and effort of the Holocaust survivors to rebuild their lives.”  *

Before he died, Roman Vishniac published a book of his photographs called “A Vanished World.” (1986).  Elie Weisel wrote the introduction.

The International Center of Photography in NYC organized the exhibit “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered,” which will open on September 24, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  Maya Benton is the curator. The exhibit is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and a number of private foundations.

*Photograph Magazine.

ANDY STATMAN  and DAVID FRISHMAN   “Shalom Aleichem”  from their album Songs of Our Fathers

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Chantal Regnault. Lakou Souvenance. EAster Monday 2000.

Chantal Regnault. Lakou Souvenance. Easter Monday 2000. From Photograph Magazine. 2015.  Re-post.

The exhibit is called “From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography.”  It will be shown from June 21 to October 4, 2015, at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale  (Nova Southeastern University.)

Chantal Regnault is French. She became known in the ’80’s and 90’s documenting the dance scene in NYC.  This is a gorgeous portrait of a Haitian woman who may have been engaged in a voo doo ritual.

JULIO IGLESIAS.  “Por Ella”  (Because of Her)

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

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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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"The Hand of Man" (1902) by Alfred Stieglitz.

“The Hand of Man” (1902) by Alfred Stieglitz.

Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was born in Hoboken of a German-Jewish immigrant family.   He first trained as an engineer, but later he discovered photography.   After the turn of the century he moved to New York City where he began an illustrious career as a fine art photographer and gallery owner.  He led the photo-secessionist movement which was about promoting photography as a fine art.  He also introduced America to many European impressionist painters.

Stieglitz published the first fine art photography journal called Camera Work which existed from 1903-1917.  All the images in Camera Work were made with an exquisitely beautiful method called photogravure which utilized etched copper plates to make the prints.

Stieglitz had his gallery in New York City. It was called Gallery 291.  Stieglitz was also the husband of the painter Georgia O’Keefe who posed for many nude studies by her spouse.

One of my favorite Stieglitz Camera Work images is a photogravure called “The Hand of Man” taken (see above)  in the the New York Central Railroad Yards.  It is one of only two known train photographs by Stieglitz. I have a copy of the other which is quite similar and is called “In the Central Railroad Yards (1910.)”

In the process of convincing the world that photography was a full-fledged art form, he often gave his images names that may seem somewhat pretentious  such as the title of our featured photograph.  Another of his photographs, a NYC skyline, was called, “The City of Ambition.”

Below are some samples of the kind of critical analyses which are often brought to bear for works titled this way.  Personally I think these sorts of images, as gorgeous as they may be, should not be given titles.  Better to let the viewer form an opinion.

From the Museum of Modern Art in NYC:       “The Hand of Man was first published in January 1903 in the inaugural issue of Camera Work. With this image of a lone locomotive chugging through the train yards of Long Island City, Stieglitz showed that a gritty urban landscape could have an atmospheric beauty and a symbolic value as potent as those of an unspoiled natural landscape. The title alludes to this modern transformation of the landscape and also perhaps to photography itself as a mechanical process. Stieglitz believed that a camera could be transformed into a tool for creating art when guided by the hand and sensibility of an artist.”

From the Pratt Institute of Art and Design:    “The title serves a dual purpose, both serving as a commentary on the idea of the hand of the photographer and his ability to depict this modern world in such a fashion, but also more figuratively man’s footprint on the landscape and how humans have transformed their surroundings.”

And finally, this is what Alfred Stieglitz himself said about photography as art,  “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

FATS WALLER:  So if art appreciation is about the pursuit of reality, here is  Fats Waller with:  “Until the Real Thing Comes Along.”

 

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By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor @Blogfinger

Walker Evans  (1903-1975) was one of America’s finest photographers.  He usually worked with a large view camera  (the kind that stood on a tripod while the photographer put his head under a black cloth.)   He is best known for his work during the Great Depression when he was part of a famous team from the  FSA—Farm Security Administration, that documented the harsh conditions in the  “dust bowl” in hard-hit states like Oklahoma. But he also accumulated a large body of work in New York City.  This photo is from 1928 at Coney Island.

It is from a book called New York, New York—The City in Art and Literature,  published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2000.  In this instance the literature was that of lyrics to a song by the great Lorenz Hart. But at Blogfinger, we add another dimension—the actual song–“Manhattan” by Rodgers and Hart:

“We’ll go to Coney and eat baloney on a roll,

In Central Park we’ll stroll, where our first kiss we stole,

Soul to soul.”  (Lorenz Hart)

BOBBY SHORT–a consummate New Yorker.

 

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Ralph in rough waters .hoto .by Joy and Michael Adase.  Ocean Grove. Jan. 17, 2016.   ©  Blogfinger.net

Ralph in rough waters. Photo by Joy and Michael Adase. Ocean Grove. Jan. 17, 2016. © Blogfinger.net  Click for the big picture.

HELENA BONHAM CARTER  and JOHNNY DEPP.    “By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd

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Ernie Bergman, a BF fan, shares this gorgeous scene at the Greek Islands with us.

Ernie Bergman, a BF fan, shares this gorgeous scene at the Greek Islands with us.  October 16, 2015.   Click to enlarge.

ANDRE´ RIEU “Sirtaki” from the movie Zorba the Greek  from his album At the Movies

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Citizen photographer Brian Schubel of Ocean Grove sent us this image taken at Mt Hermon Way and Pennsylvania Avenue. Blogfinger.net ©

Citizen photographer Brian Schubel of Ocean Grove sent us this image taken at Mt Hermon Way and Pennsylvania Avenue. Blogfinger.net © 

Paul,

My wife and I purchased a home in Ocean Grove this summer.   The town is so beautiful, and we love seeing something unique every day. Here’s a photograph from last weekend.

Thanks for the blog.

Brian

TONY BENNETT AND MICHAEL BUBLE´    (Thanks for the photo Brian.  Maybe Mike and Tony could get around better if they got a bike like this one)

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Photographer unknown. From Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Scanned from Black and White Magazine, 2002.

Photographer unknown. 1941.  From Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Scanned from Black and White Magazine, 2002.

By Paul Goldfinger, photography Editor @ Blogfinger

Most of the time “vernacular” photography refers to photos made by unknown individuals.  The definition is   “Vernacular photography is the creation of photographs, usually by amateur or unknown photographers both professional and amateur, who take everyday life and common things as subjects.”

Regarding the photograph above, Los Angeles gallery owner Paul Kopeikin, “begs viewers to spin their own yarns. Do the somber expressions on the faces of this family tell a poignant story? The December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted America into conflict and sent young men off to war.  Was this the last photograph before a long separation?”

On Blogfinger we have posted articles by well known photographers such as Eve Arnold.  Here is a link to our post about her from April, 2015.

BF about Eve Arnold

Now we show you an image by an  unknown artist. If you can “spin your own yarn” about this photo, please comment below.

Subsequently we will continue posts about photographers whose work we admire.

*Title borrowed from the Feb. 2002 edition of B & W Photography magazine.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III  Score from the movie The Aviator.

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Norm Buckman photo. August 2015.

 Rear view of 10 Kingsley Place in Tent Town—Ocean Grove, New Jersey, USA.   August 2015.  Norm Buckman photo. Blogfinger.net ©

Norm Buckman of Ocean Grove sent us this “hidden gem.”

He said, “Good morning Dr. I’m certain that everyone enjoys the beautiful photographs of the front of OG tents, but did you know that one has a wonderful rear view hidden from most as well?  It is the creative work of Jane Cherubini at 10 Kingsley Place.

“I thought it might make a great contest photo on Blogfinger.

“Warmest regards Norm Buckman.”

Editor’s note: After we posted this photo, Norm Buckman emailed us and said, ” Thank you. Janie is thrilled to see it. The tent is her joy still after 26 years.”

OGrover was the first to figure this out.  He wins  our “What’s going on here?” contest.  He can pick up his prize by going to Seasons General Store at 69 Main Avenue.  Ask for Michelle or Marc.  —PG

THE FOO FIGHTERS WITH NORAH JONES:

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