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Central Park, 1969. By Paul Goldfinger © Silver gelatin print.

Central Park, 1969. By Paul Goldfinger © Silver gelatin print.


By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger

My photo was taken of Central Park after the 1969 blizzard.  I climbed to the top of Mt. Sinai Hospital and took the picture with my Pentax Spotmatic 35 mm single-lens reflex camera which a friend had brought back from Korea. I only had one lens, a 50mm.  I made the print in my darkroom using traditional wet/chemical methods .

Years later, as I learned more about photographic history, I admired the work of André Kertèsz, a Hungarian born photographer who lived in France and then came to America where the third phase of his career elevated him into the ranks of the most famous fine art photographers.

He and his wife moved into a 12th story apartment overlooking Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village in the early 1950’s.  He loved to shoot images with a telephoto lens out the window at the park. He especially  enjoyed snow scenes.

From Photograph Magazine via Swann Galleries, New York.

From Photograph Magazine via Swann Galleries, New York.

When I saw his image (above) from 1954, I was struck by the similarity  to mine. But my photo was not derived from his, since I was unaware of him in 1969.  At least I don’t believe I ever saw it before.

But art always owes a debt to the work of those who came before, and that is why artists must study the history of their genre in order to build on the past.  The influence of one generation of artists onto later ones is sometimes unconscious on the part of those who may be borrowing without even realizing.

Because of our two similar images, and I am not comparing myself directly to Kertèsz, I feel that there is a kindred spirit—a connection— that somehow exists,  and that is something that is both weird and exhilarating.

Have any of you artists/writers out there  (and there are some in Ocean Grove) ever felt such a relationship?

JENNIFER THAYER  (This song was featured in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair and sung by Noel Harrison)

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Hi Paul:

Greetings from Manhattan and Happy New Year. We’re having our first snowfall of the year, and it comes as a welcome relief after the hectic rush of the holidays. There is nothing that so quickly changes the tenor of life in the city as a covering of the white stuff. Here is “Manhattan Snow” from my 2008 poetry collection, Father of Water.

Best wishes,

Charles Pierre,

January 6, 2015.

André Kertész, NYC, 1954.  Washington Square Park.©

André Kertész, NYC, 1954. Washington Square Park.©


Manhattan Snow

By Charles Pierre:


The hard edges of the city are softened now.

Buildings shimmer in speckled mist, streets

lie buried and still, and the crackle of talk

at each corner is silenced from river to river.

Tonight, no human walks, no vehicle moves,

no noise vibrates across the white landscape.

From our window, an arabesque of lampposts

lends an elegance to the empty, unshovelled

steps and pathways below: a gentle curve

of pendant lights encircles the frosted trunks

and limbs of trees, the drifted-over benches

and trash cans, and the silver tips of bushes.

The island this moment has a numinous shine,

and in the quiet ease of evening, we can hear

our own muffled breathing, the only sound

in the air, as edgeless as snow, hovering above

yet deepening the softness of this winter scene.


JAMES  NEWTON HOWARD  “Snowstorm”  from the film Snow Falling on Cedars.

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