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The post below was originally published in 2013 after a visit to the Princeton University Art Museum.

Currently, 2020, it is closed to the public, but there are quite a few interesting presentations online.   When things get back to normal, you might consider a visit.  Directions below.   They are supposed to be starting a new building this year. They house 92,000 works of art.

Princeton University Art Museum. Paul Goldfinger photo. Princeton University Art Museum. Paul Goldfinger photos. © Click all our photos to enlarge.  Re-post from 2013

VANGELIS: From his album “Blade Runner” The piece is called “Mail From India.”

Directions: The Art Museum on the campus of Princeton University has free admission and is a wonderful place to visit. It takes less than an hour to get there via Rt 33 and then some zigs and zags. (Take your GPS and enter Nassau Street). When you get to Nassau St. (Rt 27) turn left and look for the parking signs. There is on-street metered parking (2 hours max.) and there are parking garages.

You just walk onto the campus and ask anyone where it is.  Basically, after you walk through the iron gates, bear left past Nassau Hall (the big building with two tigers guarding the entrance) and go straight a short distance.

Princeton University Art Museum. August, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo © Princeton University Art Museum. August, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©
Nassau Hall faces Nassau Street. August, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger © Nassau Hall faces Nassau Street. August, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The current  (2013) photography exhibit “Shared Vision” is excellent, with a collection of vintage prints by a wide variety of artists.

My favorite is Alfred Stieglitz. He actually is quoted with some advice for photographers as to when to pull the trigger, “Watch the passing figures and await the moment in which everything is in balance.”

I would add that you have to pre-set your camera (exposure and focus,) get into “the zone,” and wait for your senses to judge “balance.” It happens too fast to think much about it.

I heard a famous National Geographic photographer say essentially the same thing: Find a beautiful or otherwise marvelous place and then wait for someone to enter the scene….he called that “waiting for the magic.”

At the Princeton exhibit  there is an image from Garry Winogrand’s 1975 book called Women Are Beautiful.  His style in the book was street photography which is what I like to do.  He even used a Leica M camera like mine.  Winogrand did receive some “flack” over this subject matter, but he was baffled by that, and the acclaim far outweighed any criticisms.

One reviewer said that no collection of “street photography” books is complete without this one.  He likened Winogrand’s work to Robert Frank’s.

Winogrand said, “Whenever I’ve seen an attractive woman, I’ve done my best to photograph her. ”

The New Yorker wrote about him and said, “Winogrand didn’t take time tweaking and twiddling the camera’s rings and dials, and, above all, he didn’t take time to compose his images. When he flung his Leica to his eye, he didn’t study framing through the lens but composed instantaneously, impulsively, improvisationally, as if he were making a kind of pictorial jazz, or what Jean-Luc Godard called “the definitive by chance.”

From MOMA in New York:  “Photography curator, historian, and critic John Szarkowski called Winogrand the central photographer of his generation.”   That was mid-20th century.

The image below is the one we saw in Princeton. Winogrand did not know his subjects. They are all candid street shots.

A new copy of that 1975 book costs about $1,000.00 today. Out-of-print photography book are very valuable, especially if in perfect condition and signed by the artist.  That sort of precious art-book,  Women Are Beautiful, is sold in New York at galleries such as Swann Galleries.  Aficionados wish for a reprint edition.


Gary Winogrand. Beautiful woman eating ice cream cone. Gary Winogrand. “Beautiful woman” eating ice cream cone.  From the Princeton Museum exhibit.


Gary Winogrand  “beautiful woman” street photography taken ad lib, with no consent required. His style of “shooting from the hip”  with little attention to composition often resulted in body parts being lost.  From the book, taken from the Internet.—-PG


—Paul Goldfinger, Photography  Editor @Blogfinger


JAMES CHIRILLO. “I Love You Samantha” (Album “Jazz4Lovers”)

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Ocean Grove. Lake Avenue. September 30, 2016 By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. Lake Avenue. September 30, 2016.  By Paul Goldfinger © This image was inspired by Paul Strand’s  1916 photo “The White Fence.”



DINAH WASHINGTON:  “Though spring is here, to me it’s still September…in the rain.”

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National Gallery of Art. Alexander Calder mobile. Photo by Paul Goldfinger © 1994

National Gallery of Art. Alexander Calder mobile. Photo by Paul Goldfinger © 1994

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was the son and grandson of famous sculptors.  He developed the idea of a mobile—a kinetic sculpture.  His last work (see above) weighs 920 pounds and is 76 feet long. It hangs in the East Building atrium of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.   It was installed in 1977, one year after he died.

Below is a time lapse video where the mobile moves slowly and beautifully, but with unpredictable deliberation.  You can listen to the music that comes with the video, or mute it and play Wynton Marsalis (below on trumpet) performing a lovely jazz version of Rodger and Hart’s “Where or When” while you watch the You Tube video.

The beautiful Rodgers’ melody seems to float along synchronized to the mobile’s graceful motion.


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Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC. By Paul Goldfinger. Photo appeared in a national magazine (Hospital Physician) ©

Michael.  Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC. By Paul Goldfinger. Photo appeared in a national magazine (Hospital Physician) ©


EVA CASSIDY:   Album: “Live at Blues Alley.”  (Washington, DC)


“I hear babies cry I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.”


George David Weiss wrote the lyrics to this 1967 song. He also wrote the words to “Lullaby of Birdland”  and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

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Kutztown Folk Festival. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Kutztown Folk Festival. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click left for a bigger ice ball.  Re-posted from July 2013.   Blogfinger.net


HURRICANE SMITH:  “Oh babe, what would you say?”

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66th Choir Festival. All images by Paul Goldfinger Blogfinger.net. 8/30/20. Click to enlarge.


Only 100  people were allowed to enter the Great Auditorium.  After that, the audience was directed to the grassy areas or the Tabernacle.


Some peered in through the open doors. Choir Festival.


Others sat around the periphery of the Auditorium. Blogfinger.net


Others wandered around Tent Village. The sounds of the Festival carried. Blogfinger.net


And from the Blogfinger Choir Festival, here is “Alma Redemptoris Mater.”   By the nuns and Michael Bell from the World Premier recording of Showboat.


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Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. ©


If you are from the Mediterranean or if you eat like you are, then you will use garlic on almost everything.  Garlic has been ingested for thousands of years.  Eileen says that she puts garlic in salads, sauces, eggs, meat and fish dishes.  She uses powdered garlic or fresh cloves, minced or sliced.

There is a French dish called “chicken with 40 cloves of garlic.”

Around here, garlic is usually harvested in July, and we saw some still on the stalks  (like in the photo above) at the  Farmers’ Market in Asbury, but they were pricey. ($5.00 per la botte—ie bunch.)  Once pulled out of the ground, garlic can last for months if kept cool and sheltered.

We once went to a garlic festival in California, and once in Florida, but you can find such events celebrating garlic in New York State and New Jersey. They even make garlic ice cream (ugh!)


Garlic Festival in DelRay Beach, Florida, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Garlic Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

There are those who claim that garlic is good for your health, but in our book, we talk about garlic and come to this conclusion:  “At present the evidence does not support using garlic supplements for prevention.”

—Eileen and Paul Goldfinger

SAMUEL E. WRIGHT   –from “Disney’s Greatest Hits:”  You can kiss the girl, but don’t try it if you’ve eaten garlic; unless, of course, you both have eaten some—and, by the way, FYI, garlic is known by some experts to be a powerful aphrodisiac  (which is a lover of all things Aphrican)

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Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©.

Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©.  Click to enlarge



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Thornley Chapel, Ocean Grove, New Jersey (1889). By Paul Goldfinger.

The Dixie Cups know where they’re going:

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Paris 1937 by Lucien Aigner. Currently at the Gallery Kayafas, Boston.  Re-post from 2017.

By Paul Goldfinger, photography editor @Blogfinger.net

The photojournalist Lucien Aigner was born in Hungary.  He moved to Paris where he worked with some of the pioneer Leica-toting photographers such as Robert Capa. When WWII happened, he escaped to America where he continued his work.  He spent his last days organizing over 100,000 of his negatives.

I have been a Leica photographer most of my life, including now when I work with a Leica digital, the M-9.  But I still spend time scanning negatives for digital files to create prints and to post on Blogfinger.

Josephine Baker was an American singer who moved to France where she was a sensation. She liked to perform in abbreviated costumes including one where she wore a very short skirt made of bananas.  She was famous in Europe, but less so in the US.

Baker was active in the US civil rights movement; she would never perform in front of segregated audiences. During WWII, she assisted the French Resistance, and DeGaulle personally gave her their highest honor.

Her biggest hit was “I Have Two Loves”  (“J’ai deux amours.”)  which we have played on Blogfinger in the past.  (see below)


Josephine Baker 1930.

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