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Geography of Poverty (Matt Black at St. John the Divine)

If you’re in the neighborhood, I think they’re still there. Head down W.110 Street between Amsterdam and Columbus/Morningside Drive. St. John the Divine has assembled these photographs and put them on view outside along the large retaining south wall of … Continue reading

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Not Understanding Israel & Palestine (Leah Bar-Avi)

Context “explains” everything and it “explains” nothing. It explains somethings and excludes other things –like the the wordless and physical shock it effectively occludes. It’s an intellectual’s exercise tied up with narratives and concepts. Looking at the photograph, I don’t “understand” how … Continue reading

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The Boy (Syria) (Europe) (Russia Iran) (United States)

The photograph tells us a lot of things all at once –about [1] the failure of Europe to come to terms with this massive refugee influx, [2] the piteous human blowback from the bloody civil war in Syria fueled in large … Continue reading

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Thinking Photographs (Robert Frank, The Americans)

Do the titular figures refer to the individual people or to the actual photographs? I would hazard the suggestion that you flip back and forth between the two registers, between referent and representation, always. Pictured between 1955 and 1956, The … Continue reading

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Robert Frank (The Americans) (1958)

Interesting article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine about Swiss born, beat-generation photographer Robert Frank. You can read it here. Am going to take a look at his The Americans (1958). Such a book today would have to look very different, from … Continue reading

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Eric Garner (New York Daily News)

“We can’t breathe” on the front page of tomorrow’s Daily News. The video footage is being shown on the evening news. Unlike the Michael Brown killing, the Eric Garner story is going to stick. Because of the photographic record.   … Continue reading

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Taking Pictures (Margaret Bourke-White at Buchenwald)

This will be my last post about Margaret Bourke-White.  In this photograph, the photographer is photographed taking photographs of dead bodies at Buchenwald. I found the image online, and wanted to share it along with a passage from her 1946 report Dear Fatherland, … Continue reading

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Nazi Suicides (Margaret Bourke-White)

Margaret Bourke-White took these photographs of Nazi suicides in 1945. They are [1] two children in Schweinfurt murdered by their mother who then committed suicide, and [2] the wife and daughter of Leipzig City Council deputy mayor. I’ve never seen … Continue reading

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“The Living Dead of Buchenwald” (Margaret Bourke-White)

This iconic image was shot by Margaret Bourke-White. It became known as “The Living Dead of Buchenwald.” Like many others, I’ve seen it how many times reproduced in so many books? It was on view at a big Bourke-White show at Syracuse. … Continue reading

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Stalin’s Mother (Ketevan Geladze) (Margaret Bourke-White)

It’s a pretty famous picture, but it caught me up short, when I saw it just recently for the first time. Stalin had a mother. Her name was Ketevan Geladze. This is what she looked like, caught up close in this … Continue reading

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