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By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for larger view.

By Paul Goldfinger. © Click image for larger view.  This photo appeared in an ad in Europe.

The tourists are looking southeast at the Champ de Mars, a grassy park which extends past the Eiffel Tower until you reach the École Militaire  (Military School) which is faintly visible in this photo.  The Champ de Mars has a terrific party each year for Bastille Day  (July 14.)  You can take an elevator to the top of the Tower and get a great view of the city.

This song was featured in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” when, toward the end, Captain Miller’s men are waiting for the Germans to attack their position guarding a critical bridge in a bombed out French town near Normandy. They find some old records and play them. The music echoes down the abandoned avenues.  It is a moment of peaceful beauty for these GI’s who are about to have their world turned upside down.

EDITH PIAF  from the album The White Cliffs of Dover—-“La Vie en Rose.”   (tr. life through rose colored glasses)

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-post from 2013.

PHIL OCHS  “Changes”

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. December 21, 2009. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full view.

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. December 21, 2009. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full view.

We’ve had recent winters with no snow and other times we’ve had big snow. But the town of Ocean Grove looks especially beautiful right after the snow falls.  Somebody recently said that they have never seen a photograph of the Great Auditorium in the snow, but they do exist.

This view shows the “tents” in their winter garb: no canvas, just the wood framing of those structures. Most photos of the tents are taken in season, but these little buildings have a special look in the winter.  I love the multiple colors that they are dressed in.   You can see how a “tent” might be converted to a cottage, which is how many of the Grove’s small houses began.   —Paul Goldfinger

SOUNDTRACK:  Here are our Canadian friends again—the Canadian Brass whom we have heard perform live many times. This piece is lovely and is called: “Sweet Songs of Christmas.”

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Salisbury, England. She was not with us.This image was not posed.     Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

Salisbury, England. She was not with us. This image was not posed.     Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR . “The Lord is my Shepherd” from the album Angels Sing. New Music from the Salisbury Cathedral.

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Central Park. Summer, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Central Park. Summer, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

TONY BENNETT:  (Music by Jerome Kern;  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III.  1939 for Broadway and the movies)

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Girl Lifts Boy

Girl Lifts Boy  ( 1st and 3rd images courtesy Mina Son)

New York City

New York City  (Internet photo)

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Levitt with James Agee

Levitt’s most important book

By Paul Goldfinger  (re-posted from 2013 on Blogfinger)   We have featured a group of important female photographers.

Those of you who follow photography on Blogfinger know that I am a big fan of black and white  street photography.   Some of the finest  photographers in that genre were active in the 1930’s through the 1950’s in New York City and Paris.  Among the best are Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Lee Friedlander and our guest photographer Helen Levitt, who was one of the pioneers.

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) photographed on the streets of New York City for over 70 years, both in black and white and color.  She worked with Walker Evans in the 1930’s, and her work was shown at the first photo exhibit held at MOMA in 1939.  She was an innovator in the street photography genre.

A documentary film maker named Tanya Sleiman has made a film, “95 Lives,” about Helen Levitt, and we heard about it from Mina Son, the producer, in November. Mina was kind enough to send us two photographs for our blog post and also a link to a very fine short film made by Tanya.  I think you will enjoy it, as she tells us about her project. It is a unique treat for our blog.  Thank you  Tanya and Mina.  The fund raising drive mentioned was completed in December 2012.

According to Mina Son, “95 Lives seeks to change the reality that Helen Levitt is a major female artist of the 20th century, someone who innovated in photography and film, yet is virtually unknown outside of elite art circles. This is why we are making this film.”

“Through Helen Levitt’s lens, we have found magic and visual poetry in our everyday lives. In helping her legacy live on, we hope her work inspires countless more generations of photographers to introduce the work and life of Helen Levitt to audiences all over.”

Helen Levitt short

SOUNDTRACK:  I guess the thing that has fascinated me about photography, ever since childhood, is the magic—-the freezing of a moment.  It is a way to capture that moment and preserve it.  Wouldn’t it have been great if photography had been invented one century sooner?  We could see Washington crossing the Delaware or Napoleon at Waterloo.

Or, in our own lives, we can see how life was over 50 years ago, as in these images by Helen Levitt where ordinary street scenes back then now become extraordinary.  This song matches up with these photos.

Jerry Orbach from the Fantasticks:

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Harmony 3 sculpture by Daniel Kainz (1993). Hamilton, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2007

Harmony 3 sculpture by Daniel Kainz (1993). Grounds for Sculpture.  Hamilton, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2007   Click to enlarge

YO-YO MA.    Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the film The Mission

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By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger
©

AARON NEVILLE:

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Notre Dame, Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. Re-post from 2012.

Soundtrack:  Ave Maria, Bach.   London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra.

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Leon Redbone

After the horrid Surf Avenue fire of March, 2011, we realized that the healing process had begun, and this song seemed so appropriate to help boost the spirits of those who were in pain.      —PG

Leon Redbone with a beloved Disney song from Pinocchio, sung in the movie by Jiminy Cricket:

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