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Wollman Rink. By Paul Goldfinger from the NY Street Series. © undated.

Wollman Rink. By Paul Goldfinger from the NYC Street Series. © undated. Click to enlarge.

GRAN ORQUESTA VIENESA DE CONCIERTOS.  “The Skaters Waltz”

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New Orleans. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Silver gelatin print. Undated. ©

New Orleans. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Silver gelatin print. Undated. ©

 

 

RICHIE HAVENS with the PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND:  ‘Trouble in Mind.”

 

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Each year on Pearl Harbor Day in Ocean Grove, there is a ceremony at the pier, and a small boat, tossing around in the waves, drops a wreath into the ocean. It is very moving. December 7, 2011.    Paul Goldfinger photo.

 

Police Chief Robert Adams piloted his small boat for these ceremonies. He loved this photograph and he had it hanging in his Neptune office.

 

ILANIT   “Next Year.”  Performed in Hebrew:

 

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xxxxxx Notre Dame, Paris.  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net. Silver gelatin dark room print.

 

RUBY BRAFF AND DICK HYMAN:

 

 

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Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, left bank. Built by Marie de´Medici, widow of King Henry IV of France in 1630.     Photo and silver gelatin print by Paul Goldfinger ©  Photo c.1995.   This is the Medici Fountain.   Click image to enlarge.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

It’s April in Paris, right now.  And it is a fine time to visit that most romantic of cities, but sometimes April there can dip down to the 40’s—sound familiar?

And, despite Yip Harburg’s lyrics, chestnuts in blossom don’t happen till May, and nobody is setting “holiday tables under the trees.”  In Luxembourg Gardens, blooms are starting to pop in April, and they have a bandstand there.

However, choose May to visit Paris.

“I never knew the charm of spring
I never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
I never missed a warm embrace

“Till April in Paris..
“Whom can I run to?
What have you done to my heart?”

This song, “April in Paris” was written by Yip Harburg and Vernon Duke for a 1932 Broadway show called, “Walk a Little Faster.”

Harburg also wrote the lyrics for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” 

Many have recorded “April in Paris,” but Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald made the most famous version.

 

ELLA FITZGERALD WITH THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA:

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Walden, New York. October, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Walden, New York. October, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

When we were up in the Hudson River Valley in Millbrook, NY, we met a jazz bass player who was entertaining at the farmers’ market. He performed a  song, “That’s All, ” with great feeling. It was evident that he loved this composition.

He said that he first heard it played at a jazz event, but it was done as an instrumental. He was taken with the melody and he learned the chords.

Later he discovered that it had words.  (see  the bottom of the link  below in the  Blogfinger  “Turning of the Leaves” post. )

 

Jazz man in Millbrook, NY

 

“That’s All” is also a favorite of mine. It is poignant and beautifully expressed. It is powerful in its simplicity.  Listen to the words.  You can understand every one as enunciated by Beverly Kenney below.

“That’s All” was written in 1952 by Alan Brandt and Bob Hayes.  It is a jazz standard and has been featured  in several movies including The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler.

 

BEVERLY KENNEY sings “That’s All.”

She died in 1960 at the age of 28.  —-PG

 

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Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.

Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.  Click to enlarge.

 

Little Italy has been fading away for years. Yet you can still take a food tour there and visit family businesses that exist after more than one hundred years.

On Columbus Day,  the Italian-American community is celebrated —-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

 

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL BOYS AND GIRLS CHOIR   “The Lord is my Shepherd”

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Still life: Money plant.   Paul Goldfinger. Chester, NJ. ©

 

GLEE CAST:

 

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Paris boutique. C. 1985. By Paul Goldfinger

Paris boutique. c. 1985. By Paul Goldfinger

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor.

 

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.

 

Eugene Atget. Paris. c 1910.

 

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 old 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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Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. August, 2018.   Click to enlarge.

 

 

ENIGMA VARIATIONS   ELGAR  LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:

 

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