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Apr 19, 2013 William Klein 
 
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Raise a glass to photographer and filmmaker William Klein
(born: 1928, 19 April)
 
If you haven't seen the wonderful satire on the French fashion industry - "Where are you Polly Magoo" you really should.
 
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Note below courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK)
 
In just three months William Klein produced one of the most renowned books of the 1950's, Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance - Witness - Revels. This was intended, he said, "as a monster big-city Daily Bugle with its scandals and scoops that you’d find blowing in the streets at three in the morning." Klein had been a student of the painter Fernand Leger, whose advice had been to "get out of the studio into the streets...to be monumental." Klein’s work is monumental street art, far removed from the mainstream documentary style of the fifties. In 1958 Klein turned to film-making, only returning to photography in 1980.
 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included here with permission.
 
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4 heads, New York
William Klein
4 heads, New York
1954 (taken)
 
Gelatin silver print
36.2 x 26 cm (image)
 
Van Ham Fine Art Auctions
Van Ham - Photography (June 20, 2012) Lot: 118
 
LL/48370 
  
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Apr 18, 2013 Wynn Bullock / John Loengard 
 
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Late in the day here but still time to celebrate photographer Wynn Bullock
(1902, 18 April - 1975, 16 November)
 
Child in the Forest
Wynn Bullock
Child in the Forest
1951
 
Gelatin silver print
 
Be-Hold
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (50 / 89)
 
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Wynn Bullock: Child in Forest
John Loengard
Wynn Bullock "Child in Forest" 1951
[Celebrating The Negative]
1951 (original image) 2008 (publication)
 
Gelatin silver print
Etherton Gallery
 
LL/28585
 
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson
Hands: Dianne Nilsen, 5.15.92
 
Long after Wynn Bullock's photograph of his daughter was used in the "Family of Man" exhibition, his wife Edna told photographer Donna Conrad, "We got letters and phone calls asking, 'What did you have in mind when you photographed that child? Was that child supposed to be dead? Was she a statue that fell off into the world? Was she just left there after being molested?' And all Wynn could say was that here was a virgin piece of forest and why not have a virgin child down there. He couldn't believe that people could think those things."
 
This photograph is included in the portfolio Celebrating the Negative photographs by published by John Loengard, Etherton Gallery (2008), pl. 15
 
All photographs copyright ® John Loengard. Gelatin silver prints printed by Chuck Kelton, Kelton Labs, New York City, under the direct supervision of John Loengard. Printed on Ilford Multigrade Warm Glossy paper. Design and portfolio box construction by Jace Graf, Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, Texas.
 
Celebrating The Negative/Photographs by John Loengard was published by Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, in March, 2008, in an edition of eighteen portfolios, including fifteen numbered copies and three artist's proofs. 
  
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Apr 17, 2013 Sherrie Levine 
 
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A Happy Conceptual Birthday to Sherrie Levine
(born: 1947, 17 April)
 
American photographer and conceptual artist. She has appropriated photographs and artworks to question the nature of originality.
 
After Walker Evans: 2
Sherrie Levine
After Walker Evans: 2
1981
 
Gelatin silver print
3 3/4 x 5 1/16 in (9.6 x 12.8 cm)
 
Metropolitan Museum of Art
© Sherrie Levine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the artist, 1995 (1995.266.2)
 
LL/7153 
  
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Apr 16, 2013 T. Enami 
 
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Raise a glass of saki to remember Japanese photographer T. Enami
(1859, 17 February - 1929, 16 April)
 
Trade name of the Japanese Meiji period photographer Enami Nobukuni - what the T. stood for in his trade name is not precisely known, but believed to have been "Toshi", a variant reading of the Chinese character "Nobu" from his first name. In any case, he never spelled it out, using only T. Enami during his entire professional career.
 
Care should be taken not to confuse this photographer with his son Tamotsu who was not a photographer but took over his father's Yokohama studio printing and selling his father's works after the photographer died in 1929. The studio was destroyed first by earthquake in 1923, and then again by allied bombing in 1945.
 
A Farmer and his Wife
T. Enami
A Farmer and his Wife
1895 (ca)
 
Stereoview, half, detail
Private collection of Rob Oechsle
 
LL/26515
 
This same image was chosen for inclusion in "Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic" (1988), where it appeared in black and white as a full half-stereoview. 
  
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Exhibition: T. Enami: A rediscovered Meiji master 
  
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Apr 15, 2013 Alexey Brodovitch 
 
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Raise a glass of vodka to the memory of art director, typographic designer, teacher and photographer Alexey Brodovitch
(1898 - 1971, 15 April)
 
Russian-born art director, typographic designer, teacher and photographer who moved to the USA in 1930. He was an immensely influential designer and was the artistic editor for ‘Harper‘s Bazaar‘ - a position that he held for twenty five years. This position allowed him to encourage and hire many influential photographers including Man Ray, Herbert Bayer and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
 
As Bob Hirsch has pointed out his style influenced others in the photographic world including Lisette Model, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Hiro, and Robert Frank.
 
Untitled
Alexey Brodovitch
Untitled (from the Ballet series, "Choreartium")
1935-1937 (taken) 1950s-1960s (early, print)
 
Silver copy print
8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
 
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction May 20, 2010, Sale 2215 Lot 310)
 
LL/37164 
  
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Apr 14, 2013 E.O. Hoppé 
 
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Happy birthday to photographer Emil Otto Hoppé
(1878, 14 April - 1972, 9 December)
 
English photographer born in Germany. Noted primarily for his portraits of British celebrities. He also did landscape photography in Britain, America and Germany.
 
I`ve included one of his American photographs of the Ford factory along with photographs by Charles Sheeler and Michael Kenna for comparison.
 
Thanks to Michael Kenna and the E. O. Hoppé Estate at Curatorial Assistance.
 
Smoke Stacks, Ford Factory, Detroit, Michigan
E.O. Hoppé
Smoke Stacks, Ford Factory, Detroit, Michigan
1926
 
Gelatin silver print
E.O. Hoppé Estate
© The E. O. Hoppé Estate at Curatorial Assistance, Inc. [17391-0000]
 
LL/16526
 
Criss-Crossed Conveyors, River Rouge Plant, Ford Motor Company
Charles Sheeler
Criss-Crossed Conveyors, River Rouge Plant, Ford Motor Company
1927
 
Gelatin silver print
23.5 x 18.8 cm (9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in)
 
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Copyright ® 2000-2005 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. - Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.1)
 
© The Lane Collection
 
LL/6357
 
The Rouge, Study 52, Dearborn, Michigan
Michael Kenna
The Rouge, Study 52, Dearborn, Michigan
1994 (taken)
 
Gelatin silver print
Provided by the artist - Michael Kenna
© courtesy of the artist.
 
LL/44716
 
A copy of this print is in the collection of Princeton University Art Museum (Object Number: 1997-29.52) 
  
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Apr 12, 2013 Imogen Cunningham 
 
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Raise a glass of Californian wine today to the memory of Imogen Cunningham
(1883, 12 April - 1976, 24 June)
 
Thanks to Bob Hirsch for permission to include his background piece.
 
Biography provided by Focal Press
 
Inspired to take up photography in 1901 after seeing the work of Gertrude Käsebier, she learned platinum printing from Edward S. Curtis, eventually opening a portrait studio in Seattle (1910). Her first work was romantic, soft-focus portraits and nudes. After moving to San Francisco in 1917, she adopted modernism. Cunningham’s images came to reflect Group f/64’s credo (of which she was a founder) that the "greatest aesthetic beauty, the fullest power of expression, the real worth of the medium lies in its pure form rather than in its superficial modifications." Her tightly rendered 1920s plant studies presents nature with machine precision or as sexual allusion, drawing sensual parallels to the female form that she explored through her long career. Although the picture is a faithful rendering of a plant, Cunningham’s concern was not the subject itself, but what the subject could become under the photographer’s control. She worked as a commercial photographer from the 1930s. Her last book, After Ninety (1979), was a sympathetic portrait collection of elderly people.
 
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer)
 
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] (Used with permission)
 
Self-portrait on Geary Street
Imogen Cunningham
Self-portrait on Geary Street
1958 (taken) 1970s (early, print)
 
Gelatin silver print
9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in (24.8 x 19.7 cm)
 
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, Oct 22, 2009, Photographs & Photographic Literature, Sale 2191 Lot 203)
 
LL/33443 
  
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Exhibition: Imogen Cunningham: Seen and Unseen 
  
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Apr 12, 2013 Miroslav Tichý 
 Today is the second anniversary of the death of Miroslav Tichý
(1926, 20 November - 2011, 12 April)
 
Czech photographer with a somewhat eccentric style recording with homemade cameras the women of his home town of Kyjov. His use of strange cameras made out of cardboard tubes and old tin cans along with his poorly printed voyeuristic works has made him highly regarded by a certain section of the fine photography community. His work has been collected and preserved by a neighbour, Roman Buxbaum, and since 2004 has gained reputation through international exhibitions as a subversive rebellion against communist repression. The question of voyeurism still remains.
 
A typical Peeping Tom snapshot, Kyjov
Miroslav Tichý
A typical Peeping Tom snapshot, Kyjov
1978 (ca)
 
Gelatin silver print
15.5 x 63 cm
 
CEROS - Jean-Mathieu Martini / Serge Plantureux
Binoche et Giquello, épreuves choisies, 18 november 2010, lot no: 241
 
LL/41146 
  
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Apr 9, 2013 Eadweard Muybridge 
 
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Who could forget the birthday of photographer Eadweard Muybridge? I hope you all sent cards.
(1830, 9 April - 1904, 8 May)
 
Worked in America for 40 years, photographing the Pacific Railway, Yosemite, Panama & Guatemala as well as a terrific series of panoramas of San Francisco. Series of photographs of galloping horse to show that, at any one time, all four legs were off the ground, led to further work in photographing movement, anticipating film.
 
He did murder his wife's lover, Major Harry Larkyns, on 17th October 1872 apparently shooting him point-blank after saying:
 
"Good evening, Major, my name is Muybridge and here's the answer to the letter you sent my wife"
 
Well nobody is perfect.
 
#879 the Devil's Laboratory
Eadweard Muybridge
#879 the Devil's Laboratory
[Geyser Springs]
n.d.
 
Stereoview
Jefferson Stereoptics
Courtesy of John Saddy (Auction, Tues. August 29th & Thurs. August 31st, 2006, # 06-3, Lot 31)
 
LL/13794
 
A collector's pencilled note on back reads "Muybridge standing for pose in photo self portrait." 
  
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Exhibition: Scientific: Movement 
  
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Apr 7, 2013 Eliot Elisofon 
 
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Today we can remember the passing of Eliot Elisofon
(1911, 17 April - 1973, 7 April)
 
American photographer, film producer and technical advisor on color for Hollywood films in the 1950s and 60s. He was a specialist in African art and a founder-member of the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C.
 
His 1952 photograph 'Artist Marcel Duchamp walking down a flight of stairs in a multiple exposure image reminiscent of his famous painting "Nude Descending a Staircase"' is a classic of photography. I've included the Marcel Duchamp now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a Gjon Mili photograph of a "Nude descending a staircase" for comparison.
 
Enjoy.
 
Artist Marcel Duchamp walking down a flight of stairs
Eliot Elisofon
Artist Marcel Duchamp walking down a flight of stairs in a multiple exposure image reminiscent of his famous painting "Nude Descending a Staircase"
1952
 
Gelatin silver print
14.2 x 17.8 ins
 
LIFE
 
LL/41730
 
Nude Descending Staircase
Gjon Mili
Nude Descending Staircase
1949 (taken)
 
Gelatin silver print
19 3/8 x 15 5/8 ins
 
Howard Greenberg Gallery
Inventory no: 0013341
 
LL/38001
 
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
Marcel Duchamp (painter)
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
1912
 
Oil on canvas
57 7/8 x 35 1/8 ins

 
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Louis and Walter Arensberg Collection
 
LL/41729 
  
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