Photo by WK Amonette 1947: He is one of my favorite slide photographers.  This is an Americana Christmas.

Robert Rauschenberg, portfolio with 12 prints, 1979

Although celebrated for his combination of found objects with painterly techniques, Robert Rauschenberg also nurtured his passion for photography, where he states that “the camera is the transport for my eye and carries my seeing from place to place.” In this portfolio, Rauschenberg focused on the deadpan and banal, bestowing new meaning to the more uncommonly photographed subject matter. 

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Ruth Orkin, Boy walking, Central Park Reservoir, early 1950s

The reflection of the city skyline, in the background, and the darkened silhouette of an adolescent boy, in the foreground, combine in Ruth Orkin’s photograph to create an image that emphasizes the timeless youthfulness embodied by the spirit of New York. 

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Carl Mydans, ”A child protects her brother from a stranger with a camera, Tsintao, China,” 1949

In this photograph, Carl Mydans demonstrates his unrelenting perseverance as an FSA photographer. In attempting to capture the perfect image, Mydans intrudes into the personal space of these two children, who protect each other from being photographically “captured.” 

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Gordon Parks, Children with doll, 1942

The motivations behind African-American FSA photographer Gordon Parks’ photographs were to expose racism in America, believing that the medium of photography was a catalyst for stimulating social activism and change. The alabaster female doll sandwiched between two African-American boys creates an intense poetic juxtaposition, clearly meant to represent the persistent racial segregation in post-depression New York.

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Flor Garduño, Self-portrait, Mexico, 1987

Mexican photographer Flor Garduño composes and captures her self-image by mimicking the pose and expression of a porcelain angel statue. Both photographer and statue cover their eyes, representing a spiritual sightlessness between both subjects of this photograph. 

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nprradiopictures:

cultxcult:

Beautiful portrait of jockey Katie Walsh by Spencer Murphy.

That’s an amazing photo, in my opinion. The judges also shared that opinion since it won the 2013 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize today. Read more at The Guardian. -Emily

lacma:

Reflections on Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet http://bit.ly/1apAQj9
Kitasono Katue, Plastic Poem Homage to J.F. Bory (Hommage à J.F. Bory), 1967, on  page 20 of the periodical VOU, no. 113, January 1968, collection of John Solt 

lacma:

Reflections on Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet http://bit.ly/1apAQj9

Kitasono Katue, Plastic Poem Homage to J.F. Bory (Hommage à J.F. Bory), 1967, on  page 20 of the periodical VOU, no. 113, January 1968, collection of John Solt 

laurgold:

Swann Auction Galleries

Sale 2331 Lot 220

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE 
Untitled

Photographic collage with acrylic and spray paint on paper, 1971. 330x250 mm; 13x9 3/4 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed “For Nancy & Bill” in pencil, lower margin. Inscribed “this collage was gifted to me by Robert Mappletorpe 1973. We were good friends and classmates at Pratt” in pen and black ink.

Estimate $8,000 - 12,000

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux

Stef, Brooklyn Playground, 1963

In 2001, we found a few photographs by a forgotten, early 1960s Brooklyn-based studio called “Les Demi Dieux,” along with correspondence and a couple muscle magazine from the same period that featured his photographs. Through these we tracked down, not the photographer who had died in 2000, but instead his partner and muse of 40 years who was still alive and had preserved the photographer’s entire body of work.

From the moment we began searching for photographer Danny Fitzgerald, met his partner Richard Bennett, acquired and indexed his entire body of work, researched and gathered his stories, and finally this month published the first monograph book of his photographs, we have been obsessed with and inspired by his modernist esthetic, gorgeous compositions, natural and engaging subjects, and lost place in the history of American photography, New York City and the LGBT community. We’re hoping to correct that.

Danny and Richard both remain obsessions and inspirations to us.

Bob Loncar and Jim Kempster
www.lesdemidieux.com

timelightbox:

Photograph by Hanna Putz, Untitled (Nave 2), 2012

Susan Bright writes for LightBox about the visual documentation of life’s oldest tradition in her latest book and exhibition, Home Truths: Motherhood and Photography.

newyorker:

While covering the Syrian refugee crisis earlier this year, the photographer Elena Dorfman was drawn most strongly to the teen-agers, who “all talked about missing out on lives, on futures that now seem lost.” Take a look at a powerful audio slide show featuring a small fraction of the population disproportionately affected by the war: http://nyr.kr/1aVzFXA

Photographs by Elena Dorfman.

hyperallergic:

Art Movements

Wynn Bullock, “Child in Forest” (1951), gelatin silver print, 7 7/16 x 9 3/8 in. (© Bullock Family…

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I love everything about this image. The perspective, the tone, the grain. But most of all, I love the subject and her wonderful outfit. That belt is truly special.

I love everything about this image. The perspective, the tone, the grain. But most of all, I love the subject and her wonderful outfit. That belt is truly special.