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Vivian Maier: Portrait of an American City

When Chicago nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. They are now considered some of the best photographs of American urban life ever made.

June 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Rouba’s Manifesto

“If you want to change the world, make your life about others. And everything will come back to you.” — Dr. Rouba Mhaissen

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: W. Eugene Smith in Minamata, Japan 1971

Smith frames: Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath
The mother cradles Tomoko, her misshapen daughter.
Light through a dark window.
A post-modern pietà.

May 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Robert Gibb: A Paragraph for W. Eugene Smith

“The infinite mistake of Pittsburgh does not take from the fact that the set of photographs is among my finest.”

March 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer as Activist

Dorothea Lange not only created a number of iconic images, but she also was a pioneer in the use of photography as a tool in addressing social injustice.

January 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Why we create music

“Music is the highest form of human communication.”

January 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Daybreak Express

D A Pennebaker, who died recently, transformed documentary filmmaking. This is his first film. [running time: 5 minutes]

August 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother, 1936

Dorothea Lange took this photograph in 1936, while employed by the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) program, formed during the Great Depression to raise awareness of and provide aid … Continue reading

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lauren Camp: Exposure

After Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise Over Hernandez, New Mexico 1941″

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Masters of Photography — Diane Arbus

. Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of marginalized people—dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers —and others whose normality was perceived … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: The Camera Artist

In 1955, Swiss-born Robert Frank criss-crossed the United States. From 27,000 shots, 83 images:  The Americans. Factory workers in Detroit,  transvestites in New York City. Billowing American flags, gossamer-thin & torn. … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

Therese Frare: A father comforts his son on his deathbed. The photograph that changed the face of AIDS (1989)

A father comforts his son, David Kirby, on his deathbed in Ohio, 1989. . This picture is widely considered the photo that changed the face of AIDS. It showed AIDS … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

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