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Klezmer band. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 2005 By William Meyers

SOUNDTRACK FOR THIS PHOTO: “FREYLACH #8” BY KLEZMER JUICE    (re-post from 2012)

By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor at Blogfinger.net.

Every once in a while I will post a guest photographer segment which might be about a famous artist or just someone who sends us an image. Or, as in this case, it could just be a photographer whose work I stumbled upon.  I don’t know William Meyers personally, but I  saw one of his images (above) recently and I saved a copy for this post.  I can’t even recall where I saw it, but his work has been exhibited and published extensively.

William Meyers was born in 1938, and perusal of his web site indicates that he shoots mostly black and white, and mostly in New York City. His themes include NYC lifestyles, music subjects, and Jewish life here and in Israel. He seems to like music and his photos seem to like women. In that sense he is like one of his heroes Garry Winogrand, a pioneer of street photography.

Meyers has been a photography writer for the Wall Street Journal as well as a successful photographer.

I am drawn to some of  his work because his sensibility seems to be similar to my own. In 2015 he published a book of images from the outer boroughs of New York.  Those black and white photos are all made with film, and all his photos are silver gelatin darkroom prints. Myers does not do digital.

Darkroom work is exhausting to do and requires great skill and is very time consuming.  For those photographers who have gone digital, many consider the new technology to be a relief.  The finished product is said to be indistinguishable from a dark room print, but others, including myself,  would disagree.  William Meyers has first-rate printers do his prints for him. Many famous artists in the past including Cartier-Bresson did the same.  In my case, I did my own, but these days I mostly show my work on the Internet, but lately my prints are digital done by an expert lab.

“Busker” Union Square Subway Station. NYC. Feb. 2011. William Meyers

San Francisco Girls Band. Photographed at Banjo Jim’s on the Lower East Side. November 2011. William Meyers

Deborah Rosenthal, painter. New York City. 1998. William Meyers

 

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Sloppy Joe's (ext. 1933). Corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Paul Golfinger photo © Click left for larger view.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar (est. 1933). Corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click left for larger view.

EMMY ROSSUM    (This is from her album  Sentimental Journey;  She also is the star of Showtime’s Shameless)

Hemingway would have liked Emmy.

“The winds of march that made my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings but who’s to answer
Oh, how the ghost of you clings

These foolish things remind me of you.”

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Emmy Rossum

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Central Park. By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. ©

Central Park. 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. ©  Click image for larger version.

JOHN BARRY   From the motion picture “Somewhere in Time”

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Rue Jacob, Left Bank, Paris. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Rue Jacob, Left Bank, Paris. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

BENNY GOODMAN    from the Woody Allen movie Mighty Aphrodite.  “Whispering.”

 

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View across Sunset Park. By Paul Goldfinger. c. 2012 ©

View across Sunset Park. By Paul Goldfinger. c. 2012 ©   ( Re-post 2014)

KRISTIN CHENOWETH.      This time of year, there is often a concern that someone who should come home will not be present.

Here is Kristin Chenoweth’s live performance of “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” by Andrew Lloyd Weber, from the Phantom of the Opera.  

It’s from Kristin’s  concert album, 2014,  called  Coming Home. It was recorded at the Kristin Chenoweth Theater in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Kristin Chenoweth.

Kristin Chenoweth.

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Paris boutique. C. 1985. By Paul Goldfinger
Paris boutique. c. 1985. By Paul Goldfinger

Eugéne Atget (1857-1927) was a French photographer who received a commission in 1906 to document the buildings of old Paris.  He took thousands of photos, but his work was largely ignored. Meanwhile, many of those historic structures were destroyed.

In 1925, the American photographer Berenice Abbott* (1898-1991)  discovered a trove of Atget’s work and she popularized those images. Many great artists were influenced by Atget, including Matisse and Picasso. That is ironic since painting has long held a lofty position among the visual arts, while fine art photographers have sought respect in the arts community.


Photograph by Eugene Atget c. 1910 in Paris. Internet photo.

Atget died penniless. But his work is greatly admired today. Someone gave me a book of his Paris photos. That book is designed to be precisely the size of an old paving stone from the cobbled streets of Paris.  Atget was photographing buildings and streets, so what made his images so special?

I  had the opportunity to ask that question of a professor of photography from  the Savannah School of the Arts.  He said, “It’s where you stand.”  In other words, the composition of a photograph is so important in creating an image that is emotionally appealing while another photo of the same structure will just be ordinary.

When I  visited Paris some years ago, I tried to emulate Atget in taking street shots, mostly around the left bank. The one above has never been shown before, but now I can re-visit old photographs through the magic of  my digital negative scanner. I love the idea of taking the old technology (a negative strip) and then digitizing an image and trying to make it look like an old darkroom print.

Note:  In Paris, they have worked hard over many years to preserve their architecture. One time I came upon a total rebuild of a house, where only the facade was retained, and everything behind it was newly constructed. On the other hand, you can see housing there that has been occupied for three hundred years or more.

As for Berenice Abbott,* I can see why she liked Atget’s work–she became famous for photographing old New York City.

Hardware store on the Bowery in 1938 by Berenice Abbott.
Hardware store on the Bowery in 1938 by Berenice Abbott.

JULIETTE GRECO  From the movie An Education.

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December 15, 2018. North Carolina. Paul Goldfinger ©.

 

It was a misty fine rain changing direction and force along the way–a Saturday afternoon in rural North Carolina; a stop along Route 95, heading south.   The fog lasted all day and settled down like a shroud, touching the ground in all directions and just laying there.   Visibility was poor, and the auto wipers were unsure what to do.

These rickety, ghostly plants seemed to be at home in this setting.  It was as if they might have a story to tell.

Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

 

Nuns and Michel Bell from the World Premier Cast Recording:   “Alma Redemptoris Mater”  from Showboat.

 

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Montecatini, Tuscany, Italy.  Paul Goldfinger photo. Digital “print” from a medium format negative.  ©

The sculpture pays homage to the wild boar which is the favorite prey of hunters in Tuscany.  They go out on hunts with their dogs.

In some parts of Italy, the wild boar go tearing through the vineyards causing damage.

After the hunt the town’s families get together to drink the local wine such as Chianti or Brunello.  The boar meat is slow cooked for stew or for pasta with boar sauce containing morsels of tender meat.

IL VOLO   “Mattinata”   (live)

 

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Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

Live nativity procession. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. c. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net

When we first moved here in 1998, we became acquainted with the live nativity event.  I recall standing out in the cold waiting for the children and animals to appear.  There was a procession, and  this star bearer came by. She seemed like she had appeared out of the mists of the past.  For a moment I felt I had experienced time travel.

Preserving the past is usually expressed in this town by the architecture. But other things occur which add life to the history, like you see in the photo.  It’s important to continue those “live” traditions whenever possible.  The live nativity is now indoors, but it seemed more authentic when we were breathing vapor out our nostrils while waiting in the cold for the two-humped camel, the wise men, the sheep and some shepherds to arrive.

SOUNDTRACK:  As a teenage musician I often took part in Christmas celebrations and concerts. We went caroling in the cold, and people tossed dollar bills out the windows of the garden apartments where we lived.

In school, Christmas music was a big deal, and I always have associated this holiday with beautiful music , both classical and popular.  But this photograph seems to require something especially heart-felt and different from the usual carols, so here, although it is not actually a Christmas selection, it does seem to go with the photo.  It’s Puccini.—Paul Goldfinger

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San Gimignano, Tuscan hill fortress. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-posted 2013.

 

San Gimignano is a medieval hill town near Siena.  It was founded in the fifth century BC as an Etruscan village. To protect the town, stone walls and tall towers were constructed and still exist–a tribute to Italian erectile engineering skills.

Stop by our rear  garden at 113 Mt. Hermon Way to see the metal sculpture called “The Etruscan Horse” by America sculptor Jo Ubogy.  Here is a link regarding that Ocean Grove work of outdoor art.

Etruscan horse sculpture.

 

LUIS ENRIQUEZ BACALOV.  “Il Postino—Theme (instrumental)”   This 1994 film from Italy won an Academy Award in 1995 for “best music.”   The recording below is by John Williams conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Itzhak Perlman on violin. The album is called “Cinema Serenade.”

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

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