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Portrait by Paul Goldfinger ©

Portrait by Paul Goldfinger ©   Click to enlarge



LOS LOBOS.   “Sabor a Mi”



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Hope. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Undated. ©

Hope. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Undated. ©. Where there’s hope there’s Blogfinger.




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By Paul Goldfinger, Photographic Editor at Blogfinger.net   2016

Sojourner Truth was a runaway slave, an abolitionist, a feminist and an orator.  She used photography to finance her activities.  In the 1850’s, carte de visites were popular–a form of calling card.   A photograph  (albumin print) would be mounted on a  4 1/2 x 2 1/2 cardboard card.  Ms. Truth’s cards had her picture on it which included her motto: “I sell the shadow to support the substance.”   She sold them by mail and at her lectures.

A new exhibit will be shown at the Berkeley Art Museum  and the Pacific Film Archive   (California) called “Sojourner Truth : Photography and the fight against slavery.”  It will run from July 27 to October 3.

This is from the exhibit brochure:   Truth could not read or write, but she had her statements repeatedly published in the press, enthusiastically embraced new technologies such as photography, and went to court three times to claim her legal rights. Uniquely among portrait sitters, she had her photographic carte de visites copyrighted in her own name and added the caption “I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth, foregrounding her self-selected proper name, her agency, and her possession of self.

COUNTERPOINT    “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel.”  from  Let Me Fly: Music of Struggle, Solace, and Survival in Black America.

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From the “Faces at the Farmers’ Market” series.  Ft. Myers, Fla.      January 2015. Paul Goldfinger ©



PATRICK RIGUELLE AND JOHN TERRA.   This song’s lyrics were written by Neil Diamond in 1967.  From the album Songs From the Brill Building:



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Captiva Island. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Captiva Island. By Paul Goldfinger ©




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Fort Myers Art Show. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Fort Myers (Florida)  Art Show. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.


LEON REDBONE with VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS .    From Boardwalk Empire  (now in its last season on HBO)




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Jim Carrano. In case you have never seen a GA usher in a full dress uniform, this is it. Blogfinger photo,with permission of Jim, the most respected usher in the Mountains of Ocean Grove.

Jim Carrano. In case you have never seen a Great Auditorium usher in a full dress uniform, here he is.    Blogfinger photo, with permission of Jim, the most respected usher in the Mountains of Ocean Grove.  Repost from August, 2014.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

In order to read this post, you need to start the music first:



I went to photograph Jim—to ask him for help with Blogfinger,  but he looked at me through his sunglasses, he stared for short while, and then he said, “Paul, we’ve known each other many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: you never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt. 

But it was Sunday morning, and Jim was wearing his Great Auditorium suit, complete with a white flower. So I offered him my respect, and he felt compassion and he let me photograph him. I didn’t dare position him on the hatched yellow lines—-no way.  I took only two frames for fear that he would make me an offer that I couldn’t refuse.

Finally he said, “Paul, some day, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But uh, until that day — accept this photograph  as a gift on this fine Ocean Grove Sunday and you will photograph the flowers in front of my house…….won’t you?  And you will put that photograph on Blobfinger!”  (sic)

And we did!


Editor’s note:  Jim Carrano and Lois  moved out of the Grove last year.  But those flowers remain. He returns once in a while to make sure that his flowers are OK.

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New York City. Undated. silver gelatin print by Paul Goldfinger ©

New York City. By Paul Goldfinger ©. Silver gelatin print.



HOLLYWOOD STUDIO SYMPHONY    “Fly a Kite” from the movie The Kite Runner.



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Paul Goldfinger ©.  Coney Island.





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St Thomas, USVI. Paul Goldfinger photo © c.2013



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