Category Archives: Photography

Hits the spot

Another priceless photographic artifact, Marion Post Wolcott’s image of the Osage Spot in 1938 at Shorpy.

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Upcoming: 43

A reason to get back on the Orange Line: Artomatic is coming to New Carrollton at the end of the month, as Bob Niedt reports.

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Soaring

In honor of the opening of Washington Dulles International Airport 52 years ago: a stunning gallery of images of the Eero Saarinen-designed airport under construction, photographed by Balthazar Korab, and donated to the Library of Congress.

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Ambassador

A triumph of the quotidian (and here at AHoaA, we are all about the quotidian), perfectly composed, at Shorpy: George’s Arax washes the Nash in Wausau.

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I’ll have another

At Shorpy, a delicious photograph from 1963 of the Bombay Bicycle Club bar in New York’s Essex House.

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Keysville lav

One of my favorite underrepresented photographic subjects, the porcelain convenience at Shorpy.

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And Linda, too

Happy sixth, Shorpy!

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Some links: 59

Two clip-and-save profiles from the Times this Sunday: Cindy Sherman without props, and Margaret Edson, middle school teacher.

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Methuselah lived more than 900 years

Great photographs by Domingo Milella of a grove of Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) in California’s White Mountains.

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Two sets

Two treasuries of Washington photography: 700-plus images made in the mid-1960s by Alexander Lmanian (1925-1996), shared by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; and Darrow Montgomery’s smaller collection of 25 photos he has made for Washington City Paper over the past quarter-century. Most notably, the Lmanian pictures document the destruction of the 1968 riots.

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The rich have their own photographers

Via wood s lot comes news of the passing last week of Milton Rogovin, social documentary photographer based in Buffalo, N.Y. Claire O’Neill has assembled a slideshow of some of Rogovin’s images of “the forgotten ones,” and links to a 2003 interview with Scott Simon. Once blacklisted as the “top Communist in Buffalo,” Rogovin’s archives are now with the Library of Congress.

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Now and there

Kent Boese has started a swell series of Then and now posts for Greater Greater Washington.

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Dancing about architecture

Melissa Block remembers the brilliant street photographer Helen Levitt, who left us this past weekend at the age of 95. Levitt proved to be a less than voluble interview subject.

I asked her why it was hard to talk about her photography.

“If it were easy to talk about, I’d be a writer,” she said.

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Tracks

Amazing pinhole solargraph of six months of the Sun’s passage over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon at Bristol.

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Q & A

Arthur C. Danto: Is there some kind of message you hope will come through your work?

Cindy Sherman: For people to not take anything for granted, to respect what they might not understand.

Interview, December/January 2009
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